About the Artist
ONCE UPON A TIME...
... My parents were a LITTLE disappointed when they discovered that I’d turned down a place at a top London University to read English and decided to go to Art College instead. I think they got used to the idea over time, but I believe they had been fondly nursing ideas of me becoming top-flight lawyer (or something) with a big house and a fast car, instead of a poor artist living on the derelict Isle of Dogs (as it was at the time) and driving a clapped-out Beetle. The Beetle, I feel I should mention, was VERY fast in first...
Racing cars notwithstanding, I have spent my entire adult life bumbling about in the art world, in one capacity or another, painting murals (as an assistant) for the Sultan of Brunei, working on commercials and pop videos for The Comic Strip Presents, and now... working on a set of 3 x5 " miniatures for the autumn show of the Royal Society of Miniature Painters. I have never been rich, lived in a big house, or had a car that could TRULY race a sports car, but I have never regretted being an artist either.
I have only one regret, and that is that I have only one life. If I could have had three, I would have been an artist in one, a writer in another and a historian in the third. I do my best to combine them in the life I have, though Art has clearly been the winner.
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2014 - Titchfield Arts and Crafts Show - review

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Fox by Moonlight
I set out to collect my remaining paintings knowing that one had been sold and found out when I arrived that I had sold another!

Oh joy! And then they told me that Surveillance: Arctic Wolf had been 'Commended' by the judge - so, in a roundabout way, it was three out of three!

I say goodbye now to the coloured version of Fox by Moonlight, and to the pastel painting of a tawny owl, Vigilance. I miss them already, but hope they are much loved in their new homes.

I am so glad I took part in this, having only heard of it from the White Dog Gallery in Lee on Solent - it was fantastically well organised, the organisers themselves couldn't have been more friendly & helpful and the show itself was a delight to attend. The range and quality of work, and the sense of community spirit were all equally inspiring.

Yes, I really must take part again next year & if you, dear reader, are a local artist and you haven't yet submitted to this show, then I insist you do, too!