I was born in Worcester, where I live today and where I earn my living as a graphic designer. However, I have been a painter all my life.
I went through Art College: A Foundation Course at Bournville School of Art, Birmingham; BA (Hons) at Cheltenham Art College (as once was) and an MA at the University of Ulster in Belfast.
Having initially painted in oils I recently discovered the joys of watercolour as a medium: the ability to mix a colour that is still usable the next day, the ability to pick up a brush and start painting immediately and the relatively easy creation of sensible sized paintings which can be easily printed.
The subject matter reflects my hobby of historical re-enactment.
I have variously been a Civil War Pikeman and Musketeer, a Napoleonic soldier from both the British and French sides, and more recently a French machine-gunner of the First World War and a French soldier of 1940.
About the work
The majority of the paintings on display here are watercolours I have painted over the last eight years or so.
Other paintings are under the "Oils" section as that is the easiest way to differentiate them - the larger paintings are in oil and the smaller ones watercolour.
The watercolours are pretty much consistently A4 in size (that's 210 x 297mm) which makes them easy to handle, easier to paint and sets a scale at which I can indulge in minute detail without having to cover too large an area of paper.
It also makes them easier to have printed for sale. I have them printed to order by a professional lab. They are printed to the highest quality on the best paper with the best ink, which gives a result that is so close to the original you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference.
The Front to Back series are now also available as cigarette cards. Click the link below or the menu above.
To buy please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org