My main interests are mainly ceramic and sculptural glass although I experiment with many materials. I tend to focus on figurative and emotional sculptural pieces, I also undertake some portraiture work also. I commenced a part time art degree at University of Hertfordshire (after a History degree) but had to withdraw due to my worsening condition. In 2011 we moved into a bungalow in Cambridgeshire due to my worsening condition and wheelchair use. Fortunately, we had a large garage which we converted into a studio. Unfortunately, in 2014 we were flooded and it delayed my art ventures. But in 2018 we had a devastating house fire that destroyed the bungalow and we lost virtually everything but luckily no one was hurt. After almost 18 months, much stress and anxiety we finally settled with the insurance company and we hope to build a purpose built property to accommodate wheelchair facilities etc although the pandemic has delayed things again.
In 2019, I decided to throw myself in at the deep end and join a 6 month art course as I’ve never painted and had my painting confidence severely knocked at university so much so I wouldn’t pick up a paint brush!
As you can see I’ve been quite busy with the paint brush concentrating on portraits and social political themes. I’ve only painted with acrylics but may try oils in the future. When we have sorted ourselves out regarding the new property I will also resume sculpting. I have also, made a couple of glass pieces but will probably not venture into this medium due to time and lack of specialised equipment.
During a brief period when young I was NH claiming jockey before becoming a paramedic for 20 years. unfortunately I was medically retired in 2000 due to a spinal injury. I draw on my experience and knowledge of the human experience, emotion and form sometimes depicting the strength and frailty of the human condition. In the ‘Forsakened’ piece I wanted to express how I felt both physically and mentally after suffering deterioration in my spinal condition in 2011 and unable to move without severe pain and spasm. I have called this piece’ Forsakened’ as at the time I was at a low ebb and feeling sorry for myself! This is not supposed to be a religion piece but an image of suffering and wanting to surrender as there didn’t seem to be any end in sight to my plight. It is made of cast gaffer glass with various other mixed media mainly drift wood a LED placed behind the upper body to imitate the resilient human spirit, it also illuminates the body and head to good effect (except it is extremely difficult to photograph effectively). The other ‘bronzed’ piece is a portrait of my father Roy who sadly passed in 2016.
The coloured cast glass pieces were made in 2016 on a glass course I undertook with my ex university tutor.
The other pieces are recent ‘tentative’ acrylic works painted either on canvas, canvas board or acrylic paper during my 6 month course.