I am an artist and 2nd year undergraduate studying for my BA (Hons) Painting with the Open College of the Arts, part of the University for the Creative Arts.

The joy of nature connects the world and our future salvation depends on respecting it.

 

Although recognisably landscapes I am not trying to make a representation of a view and never take photographs. I sketch for several hours till the colours brighten and become clearer, details form themselves into shapes, and I sense new sounds and smells.  I paint up my sketches in the studio where the canvas takes on a life of its own and painting becomes a creative dialogue.

 

Art gives us a new framework for seeing which we can take out into nature to re-experience it. My paintings capture how I 'see' nature and the happiness it brings me.

My main influences are Matisse for the joy of colour, and David Hockney and Alex Katz for inspiring landscapes. 

Stubble and a Tree, oil on canvas, 60 x 60 x 2 cm, 2020

I am also a successful film and TV actor having trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in the 70's and worked on numerous films and TV series.

 

I played Barry in the original The Full Monty feature film and am Michael Ellacott in the ongoing TV series Strike, starring Holliday Grainger and Tom Burke, written by  J.K.Rowling. Michael is Holliday Grainger's father.

 

There are more details over on my IMDB page , showreel, and acting website.

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