I returned to art after a major change, some years ago and the creativity provided me with the new, positive outlook I needed.
I began by painting portraits and then branched out into buildings and wider cityscapes – all of which I love to paint.
Starting life as a scientist, I moved into architecture, which has profoundly influenced my pictures of cityscapes and buildings. I love the way buildings can inform and command a space. When you are in the middle of a city, they have the power to force you to look up to see the details which the architects and builders left behind and, if you are lucky, the blue beyond.
That’s why they feature so heavily in my artworks. The most dominant feature I look for in a subject or object is how the light plays - the way it reflects, refracts, diffracts and the way it bends things.
I love airbrushed flat colour. It allows me to produce more graphics-led paintings of buildings and other man-made structures. Airbrushes are great for backgrounds, but the detail, especially in my portraiture, is produced by hours and hours of painstaking work with tiny brushes.
For example, at a distance some of my portraits look like photographs but when you get closer you can see the fine brush strokes and other intricate work that goes into creating them. The Graphic Art is different to this, less detailed and precise but still realism, and at the other end of the spectrum is the minimalist art which uses the smallest number of lines and colours but still faithfully represents, yet individually interprets, the subject.
My education was in Physics, Architecture, and Philosophy, the latter helping me to develop a philosophy of individualism, making us who we are and potentially providing the base for true equality. This philosophy of equality was recently translated into a children’s book.
As an artist, I am self-taught and my artistic influences range from Cezanne to Michael English, Alex Katz to Glen Baxter, and Adrian Tomine to Edward Hopper. My personal influences include Bill Nighy, Ben Folds, Eddie Izzard and Richard Curtis. Hence the minimalist portraits.
I live in Surrey and have three wonderful children.