I like to describe myself as a jobbing picture-maker working mainly in oils and graphite or coloured pencils. Observational drawing is at the root of everything I do, and I m at my happiest when drawing and painting out in the landscape or directly from the subject. I teach traditional drawing and painting skills based on learning techniques which I like to describe as how to see usefully .
I was encouraged to draw from a very early age and, following a career in the performing arts returned seriously to art at the end of the 1990s. Since then I have concentrated on researching and practising my skills, creating and exhibiting my artwork, and teaching. I’ve been a Professional Associate Member (PA) of the Society for All Artists (SAA) since early 2014 and write a regular column in Paint Magazine called Sketchercise aimed at encouraging others to enjoy drawing accurately. I have also appeared several times on the Painting and Drawing Channel, including a number of segments in A Splash of Paint and a full episode of Fraser and Friends in which myself and Fraser Scarfe painted out at Walberswick on the Suffolk coast close to where I now live. In addition to all this my double DVD Yes You Can Draw which systematically covers the whole process of observational drawing, has enjoyed wide sales and distribution since its launch in 2012.
As a Silver Signature member of the UK Coloured Pencil Society, and past committee member, and editor of the Society s quarterly magazine, I regularly demonstrate coloured pencil techniques at public events and to art clubs across the UK. I have demonstrated Derwent pencils at the NEC Art Materials Live Show, Patchings Art Festival, and Art in Action, and my artwork also features on the packaging of the Derwent Artist pencil range. I have also demonstrated and tutored workshops at the Pencil Museum in Keswick, and are particularly well known for my work in coloured pencils on large, prepared wooden panels.
My oil paintings are regularly exhibited in East Anglia and early in 2016 I had a solo exhibition of 64 paintings I did in the 64 days leading up to my 64th birthday in late 2015.
I tutor regular courses and workshops around my home town of Bungay on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, and teach students at my own home studio just yards from the River Waveney. I m a member of a number of East Anglian art societies and part of an open studios trail collective of other professional artists in the Waveney Valley, as well as running life drawing groups in Lowestoft and Bungay. And finally, when I m not doing all this I m a resident artist at Folk East (a three day music festival in Suffolk), where I spend the whole Festival drawing the sights and people attending or performing at the event.
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