I was bought a set of acrylic paints for my 15th birthday and began to teach myself to make the most of this highly flexible medium. It has become my life’s work.
Following A-levels, I hugely enjoyed my year-long Foundation Course at the (then) Manchester Polytechnic; throwing myself, for the very first time, into 3D work and purely abstract painting.
Yet, at the weekend, I would paint (and sell!) small studies of garden birds, having already developed a keen interest in birdwatching.
I eventually turned professional on my 25th birthday and, 3 years later, received the first of my RSPB commissions for Christmas cards.
I have utilised acrylic paints in a variety of ways in a thirty year career as a wildlife artist.
Over the last 10 years, ‘though, I have developed a particular style; painting freely on canvas with palette knives, brushes and extreme enthusiasm, combined with a controlled splattering of paint.
Uniquely, I also apply this technique to handmade paper; textured with plant material and fixed to canvas board.
I am a member of The Wildlife Art Society (International) and the SouthEast Cheshire Ornithological Society, whose logo I was asked to redesign for their 50th anniversary.
I take my inspiration from the countryside around me and hope my appreciation of it shows through in my work; I’m still finding stimulating subjects, fresh ideas and new ways to express myself in acrylic paints.
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