About the artist
As a truly 'local' artist, I live on the beautiful North Essex coast at Walton on the Naze, just moments from the sea, sandy beaches and hundreds of beach huts and the Hamford Backwaters, and I get so much inspiration from my local surroundings. Working primarily in watercolour, coloured pencil and pen & wash my work takes in a wide variety of subjects, from animal portraits, landscapes, seascapes, village and town scenes, and the occasional portrait too. Mostly self-taught, I studied graphic design, but the course didn't involve much 'fine art', instead concentrating on creating strong visuals, but relying on art technology and fledgling computer design software. However I have always had a strong artistic, practical and creative urge, I was a theatrical costumier for 15 years, designing and making hundreds of costumes every year. Serious illness made me re-think my life a couple of years ago and it was then I realised creating art was what I really enjoyed and seemed to be rather successful at. I now have a job which I can't wait to start and delay finishing.
I have developed an illustrative style using pen and wash techniques, which encompasses the best of watercolour techniques with the detial afforded by the use of pen work. Some of my coloured pencil work is realistic in it's colours and textures, and even bordering on photo-realistic