Climbing has been a long held passion of mine, brought to an end following a stroke, but the memories and experiences influence my paintings and give me the chance to relive those times. I still follow and enjoy watching indoor and outdoor climbing.
I have had the great privilege to climb all over the world, in the Far East, Middle East and Australasia during the 60’s while in the services. From the mid 1980’s I climbed throughout Europe and all over the UK as a member of Kinmont Willey and Northumberland Climbing Clubs.
Climbing for me was all about the challenge; I climbed because it was there to be climbed, to be conquered and because each climb presented something new.
My most memorable climbs include Vivian Slate Quarry in Wales where I learnt to crack climb and climb on slate. I seconded the route, then lead it, then went solo, all in one season.
The Dream of White Horses in Lands End was my first sea cliff climb; it was a real challenge to get above the
waves; and climbing upside down at Australia Crack in Northumberland was amazing.
I get the same buzz when I capture those precious moments through my art.