I LOVE ANIMALS AND I LOVE PAINTING AND SCULPTING THEM, ALL OF THEM…
…big or small, longhaired or short, each one an individual character, serious, funny, handsome or ugly – all dearly loved by adoring owners. It is up to me to capture on paper or canvas a personality that can be treasured and remembered for always.
I began my working career as a buyer for the old Rover car company near Birmingham, after 13 years of sitting behind a desk I took an opportunity not to be missed – I left Rover & embarked on an Arts Foundation year at Worcester College of Art & Design. I then had a choice of either continuing my art studies or, to set up my own art studio which I had always dreamed of doing. I decided on the latter and from that moment I have never looked back.
WHERE I WORK
My art studio is a 300 year old barn sat on the edge of an ancient hay meadow with distant views toward the Abberley Hills. It’s the perfect place for sitting and painting or sculpting – inspirational, picturesque and quiet. I have been working in the barn for the past 18 years. My day normally begins with walking my dog, and then I get into my studio around 10.30 am.
HOW I WORK
I work in pastel pencil and in oils. The pencils are Swan Stabillo Carb Othello which can be sharpened to a fine point ideal for achieving fine detail. The oils I use are Michael Harding and Winsor and Newton. I also work in clay and produce cold cast bronze resin animal sculptures. When I start a commissioned portrait I will take hair samples if possible as this helps as a colour reference as I work. When I have gathered together all the necessary information, photographs etc. then the painting can begin! I have sculptures on display in Kings Gallery in Worcester and The Old Chapel Gallery in Pembridge. Examples of my paintings and sculptures are also on display in my studio.
GET IN TOUCH
I am happy to discuss any commission, please feel free to get in touch with me.
Southbury, Bell Lane,
Worcester WR2 6RR