About My Art
I am influenced by the still life tradition and the Dutch and Spanish masters, particularly Melendez and Sanchez-Cotan and also by surrealist painters including Magritte and Dali. My subject matter often derives from my collection of odd and quirky objects - I have always been drawn towards items of striking shape and texture and I love things like shoe trees, purpose-made leather cases of all descriptions, particularly binoculars and camera cases, also hat stretchers, wooden mannequin hands, etc.
I like to achieve a Magic Realist quality in my paintings, characterised by convincing realism combined sometimes with paradoxical elements that can infuse a seemingly ordinary scene with a certain sense of mystery or a gentle touch of surrealism.
However I also find myself inspired by my surroundings, particularly the coastal and moorland areas of North Yorkshire, and seem to be tackling more and more landscape based work. If I can also encorporate any elements of still life, so much the better!
I paint in oils, usually on linen, mounted on deep-sided hand made stretchers. The finished paintings are fully painted on all four sides and look equally striking whether framed or not, depending entirely on the style of your decor. Usually they are sold unframed.