Congratulations on your anniversary! How did you join our family?
I sent over my work in 2005. The next day, I was called and offered an interview. All my life, I had dreamed of a career in art. Leaving work to paint full-time was one of the biggest decisions my wife and I have ever had to make. She was fully behind me and has continued to support my artistic career throughout its various twists and turns.
How has your art changed over the years?
I was interested in both pin-up art and airbrushing as a teenager. I loved the stylised approach of George Petty, whose ‘Petty Girls’ were printed on tens of millions of calendars and magazines in the USA from the 1930s through to the 1950s. I then became interested in other styles, including photorealism. One day, I packed away my airbrush and purchased some oils, and since then I have never touched it.
How does it feel to know that you bring something special to homes?
I really do love meeting collectors at shows. They tell me how much the piece means to them. It’s amazing how people can have a real connection with my work and feel emotional about it. When they have gone out to find a painting to represent an important moment in time and it’s my work they have chosen, for me it’s very humbling.
Why does your wintery artwork make the perfect Christmas present?
I naturally paint seasonally. As I see my coastline and weather change, I react to this. When the weather starts to turn a few months before Christmas, I tend to paint a snowy scene. I only paint one or two of these per year, so they are quite rare. Even though they are a cold scene, they are warm and inviting places to be.
"I really like the look of my new prints. They have a lovely richness to them and the gloss makes the colours even richer."
27/08/2020Transform your living space with our selection of contemporary art, featuring pieces from Jon Jones, Nic Joly, Nigel Humphries and more.
07/10/2021This poignant collection includes the Dorset-based artist's first hardback book, along with reimagined limited edition and original artworks. These beautiful countryside and seaside scenes are perfect for an escape.
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