About My Art
On and off I have been painting all my life. However, it is only recently that I have devoted more time to my main body of work, entitled Landscapes of the Mind. I grew up in Nelson, Lancashire, whose economy was mainly dependent on the cotton mills, where virtually all my relatives worked at some stage in their lives. Geographically developed in a basin, the rows of back to back terraced houses were built on the steep hills and troughs, squeezing as many as they could into the available space. As a child, walking home from school, we weaved our way home through the maze of back streets, mill yards and industrial wastelands, often encountering 'weirdo's and 'perverts', but this was normal.
This series of work attempts to express these memories. The claustrophobic space of the terraces, strange things lurking in the cobbled back streets. Retreating to the luminous and expansive countryside only to find other unsettling experiences.
These paintings started off as vague doodles, they weren't planned out on paper, but I did have a sense of what I wanted and just worked towards achieving it, building up layer after layer of acrylic paint to get an ethereal and dreamlike feel to the painting. Having started on this trail I know that I will be exploring and exorcising more of these mindscapes in the future.
I also intend to develop the portrait and figurative side of my portfolio, so if you would like to commission a portrait of a loved one, or a pet, then just email me at: I can work from the jpegs you email me, in any particular style or size required.