My formative years were spent in the company of old men dressed in dark suits smoking woodbines partnered with large missile-shaped women decked out in headscarves and pinnies. My father worked for British Rail and I got great pleasure from simply sitting in the atmospheric steam filled stations which even today I find are the most romantic, nostalgic places to be.
After Iíve chosen a figure from my many sketches and photographs it is transferred to my canvas and blocked as a dark silhouette. Each layer of paint is then added gradually to separate tones; the figure is almost complete before the background colour is added.
The last 12 years have been exciting as my work has taken on a life of its own. Sales have gone through the roof and everyone seems to love these solitary figures I create. Iím continually surprised to see the effects my paintings have on people. Iíve had women moved to tears absorbed by a painting that evokes memories of their father or grandfather.
In 2016 I made the decision to self publicise and look forward to what the future may bring!