I have never been to an art school or had any higher art education so have been guided by what saw and felt around me. Inspired by the brilliance of natures design the development of my craft and creative skill allowed me to produce a unique and above all, honest artistic style.
Various great artists have captured my interest, Dali for his ingenious abstract illusion, Picasso's beauty in distortion and Michelangelo, who I have closely studied for his technical skill and workshop production.
My early days were spent learning Stonemasonry and quarrying. The close contact with Whitby sandstone has a perhaps sentimental feeling for me but more an appreciation for the stone itself. I have worked with most types of stone, marble, granite but nothing is as 'alive' as Whitby stone. Its full of silver sparkles,Thats the minerals in it, its a bit gritty soft and irregular. The colours are incredible and the way it weathers is the most beautiful. Look at the lighthouses and pier stones jutting out from Whitby into the North sea. The pitted weathering forms patterns that only nature can create.
Later my life took me to Italy where I cut carved and learned all about Carrara marble. The best material for sculpting and has become my daily material for creating. Michelangelo testified this. In fact I have had a long working relationship with the owners of the very quarry that Michelanglo took his David sculpture rock from. We lived out there for some years and now still go back and forth buying bits of marble from them.
Sealife is generally mechanical in my view but logically beautiful. As is all natural form in a way. Growing up in Whitby of course inspired me greatly in terms of sea creatures, fish, fossils etc. A childhood of rock pooling and fossil collecting must have formed a basis for my work.The ammonite is a symbol of Whitby and goes with my childhood. The spiral shape is the natural pattern of growth and is a peculiar form that is somehow all around us, is the shape of nature. Unending, ongoing and secure.
I would be happy to exhibit wherever my work would be seen and appreciated, I have had high profile solo shows in the Houses of Parliament, Westminster and street shows outside The Tate Modern and Edinburgh Festival. I try to create a body of new work and have an exhibition somewhere every year or so. Details will be posted on this site.