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March 21, 2016



Who are you?

I attended Wakefield School of Art in the sixties where I did a years foundation and two years graphics, I was then offered a full time job as an illustrator with a greeting card company in Bradford, Yorkshire where I also enjoyed producing their ads, I arrived in London in the mid seventies and worked for ten years as an art director with Saatchi and Saatchi, leaving in the mid eighties to work at JWalter Thompson where I was made Head of Art. In 2005 I was given a two month sabbatical from JWT to attend a Summer School at the Slade which turned out to be one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. In 2010 I retired from advertising to become a full time painter where exhibiting work in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, The National Open Art Competetition, The Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Competition and a few private Galleries, the latest being The Tregony Gallery in Cornwall.


What are you inspired by?

I am inspired by lots of artists but I love the paintings of Euan Uglow, Micheal Andrews and Rodrigo Moynihan and completely transfixed by the Rembrandt self portraits and anything by Manet, Degas and Cezanne. 


What was the last movie you watched?

The last movie I saw was The Big Short.


What was the last book you read?

I am reading two books at the moment The Self Portrait by James Hall which I recommend to anyone interested in painting and a book of poems by Vikram Seth called Summer Requiem.


Do you have any role model?

Role Model? I am fascinated by Henry Moore he came from a large mining family in Castleford just a few miles from the village in Yorkshire that I originated from and ended up at The Royal College of Art becoming one of the best sculptors we’ve ever had. I love going to Tate Britain and sketching his figures.


What is your next creative project?

I'm painting some soap stones that caught my eye in a shop in Brighton and are now set up as a still life in my studio, I am always on the look out for new subjects, I was fascinated by some cotton reels in a dry cleaners which kept me busy for a year. As an ex art director I do have to be careful, what makes an interesting photograph doesn’t always make a good painting.


What do you like about Portfoliobox?

 I am not a web designer and have no training feeling well out of my comfort zone going anywhere near a website but using Portfoliobox has given me the help and confidence to do so, I’ll find out how successful I’ve been tomorrow when I’m hoping it will be activated. It’s also a very satisfying way to do it. 

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