I’m based in Bicester, Oxfordshire. I do not have any formal training in art, but have been painting sporadically since my teens. After school I went to Lanchester Polytechnic (now Coventry University) and obtained a Bsc in mathematics. I believe the manipulation of symbols in mathematics may have relevance to the work I produce, but would struggle to explain how.
It took me a long time to find an approach to picture making that I feel happy with and I only started painting seriously in my late fifties (It might be worth adding that when I was growing up the relevance of formally learning the craft of picture-making in an art institution was widely questioned by artists). Latterly the art of the nineteenth century and early twentieth century centred in Paris has been an inspiration to me. Most of my paintings are figurative with a few abstracts. Women, relationships and autobiography are important elements in my work, however I find inspiration from a wide variety of sources, including myths, song lyrics and literature.
People have been creating images for thousands of years and I feel privileged to be part of this tradition. I begin a painting with the hope (shared by many artists I expect), that the image which I am making might shed light on some aspect of what it is to be human which cannot be expressed otherwise. This is the spur which keeps me going; whether I succeed or not is for others to decide.