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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Fair Oak Art Society demonstration

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The Red Queen - oil on canvas
I could not have enjoyed myself more, giving a demonstration of the painting of 'Red Queen' to the warm, welcoming crowd that turned out at FOACS. Twice(!) the number expected arrived - a good number of them first-timers, too - and many of them told me how much they were looking forward to the hands-on workshop I'll be running in August.
Thanks to Marilyn and Chris and for everyone else involved in making it into such a great evening. Happy, happy memories. Can't wait to go back!