Throughout my Navy years I often illustrated letters for comrades to send home and I guess my skills were honed then. In 1978 I entered a national art competition and took First prize after which I was fortunate enough to become very much in demand; I suppose you could say my vocation as an artist began in 1978. A lot of my work was commissioned by the press, businesses and local authorities and spanned very wide ranging themes which is probably why I have become so diverse. Today I’m still very much an active artist although very discerning in what I do now. When I move to Pembrokeshire in August 2014 I will be setting up my studio again and look forward to painting new acrylic canvasses.
MORE ARTWORK CAN BE SEEN BY CLICKING THE ART GALLERY LINK
Detail from ‘Early Days’ (Children’s Home 1956 – 1962)
With my wife Carol, Newark 1995
My lovely daughters Tracey, Sam and Benita
My wife Carol, Ms Grace‘Journey’s End’ was the third in a trilogy of one-man art exhibitions the first being ‘Private Journey’ and the second being ‘Journeyman’. The exhibitions were encouraged by my therapist during a six year period self analysis and were shown at Mansfield Art Gallery and County Hall, Nottingham. The Mansfield shows were opened by Alan Meale MP and the Nottingham shows were opened by David White, Director of social Services, both of whom became fans of my work and firm friends.
My favourite colour
Thumbnails from my gallery giving an overview of life
As an adult prior to therapy and faith
Foster care 1962 – 1971 showing Billy, Katy and me in Newcastle on Tyne
The beginning of the healing process began in 1992 with the arrival of my grand daughter Bubbles
Continued self analysis in India from 1997 and later in depth 2007 – 2009
Disillusionment at new legislation which left me (and colleagues) picking up the pieces of trashed lives
Getting to grips with Buddhism; meditation and prayer became easier for me than yoga
Developing inner strength through love and faith
Compassion for the vulnerable and dependent brings me nothing but absolute joy
Compared to some I’ve had the easiest, most privileged life.
1974 The Pit Strike
India was a sabbatical, a cathartic time and very healing
We lined up on Fridays and smiled at them all (the Foster Parents visiting the Children’s Home)
It doesn’t matter to me whether people like me any more, I can take that now
Thanks for checking out my art. If you’d like to see more paintings and drawings please click on the ‘art gallery’ link 🙂