On and off about 15 years.
Simply because I love working outside in the open air and the subjects are freely available. If my family had the patience to sit for me I might be doing portraits instead!
For the adrenalin rush! Responding to changing light and colour on location and against the clock is a thrilling and addictive challenge.
To strip out the banal and accentuate the magical and the poetic in the everyday!
The line drawings help in the design of the paintings and also serve as reference later in the studio. If I’m totally honest it’s also a form of therapy(!) Making accurate, detailed on the spot drawings helps satisfy the more exacting and literal side of my nature leaving me free to be expressive with the paint!
(Image courtesy of Alex Freeman Photography)
1987 Kingston Heritage Museum — Solo show
1988 Southwell Brown Gallery, Richmond with Terry Jeffrey
1989 Southwell Brown Gallery, Richmond with Geoffrey Chatten
1989 Royal Watercolour Society Open, Bankside Gallery
1989-1998 Llewellyn Alexander Fine Paintings Ltd, Waterloo
(two or four-person shows plus Feast of Food every Christmas)
1997 Royal Society of British Artists, Mall Galleries
Munnings Prize (joint winner) 1982, North East Essex School of Art
Jerram Award RBA 1997
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2016 contestant, Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year, Heat 3 Stowe
2018 – Gallery Artist, Riverside Gallery and Framing, Barnes
2019 Kingston Artists Open Studios (KAOS) trail
Member of Kingston Artists Open Studios
Member of Richmond Art Society