"My artworks are traditional and detailed, covering a wide range of subject matter. Whether animals, birds, landscapes, or portraits, the paintings are brought to life by layers of pastel giving a 3D effect to the completed artwork."
"I am a retired veterinary surgeon who has become a pastel artist. Born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, I now live and work in the heart of the Herefordshire countryside. I was introduced to pastels as a teenager by a friend of my father’s and in fact, I still have remnants of my first set of pastels. I passed A-level art at 16, then went on to complete a veterinary science degree — my understanding of animals allows me to add that something extra to my artwork.
As a pastel artist, I feel that pastels have a great vibrancy and richness of colour that is often underappreciated. I work largely from photographs and undertake commission work as well as create detailed artwork in a wide range of subject matter. I like to give each piece a three-dimensional effect and detail is of importance to me - each 12in by 16in artwork takes me 25 to 30 hours to complete.
I have completed a large number of artworks in the past 19 years, many of which can be seen on my website. I admire the work of many artists including the Impressionists, Pre-Raphaelites, David Shepherd, Simon Coombes and many of my contemporaries. I have exhibited widely in Herefordshire and elsewhere, and will be opening my home studio during Herefordshire Art Week, September 4th to 12th 2021."
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist