Photograph by www.paulbirdphotography.co.uk
The pieces I create are passionate interpretations of the world as I like to see it. They are reflective creations of what I see in my subject…capturing character as well as likeness.
I’m a mixed-media artist, explorer, treasure hunter, and searcher of souls. I explore diverse subjects and medium, to improve the depth of my work and the experience of those viewing it. I make art to encourage people to appreciate wildlife, diversity, art and to inspire others to share the passion that I have for creativity.
About my work
I have always loved animals and art. From an early age I loved to paint and draw, and birds and animals were a natural subject for me. At school my work did not fit the program. I could never control a paintbrush the way I could control a pencil so I never passed an art exam. I always preferred going into the detail, and trying to produce art that captured both the detail and the personality of the subject. Therefore, portraits of were my natural choice.
I went many years without picking up a brush or pencil, only expressing my creativity in a graphic design forum. I then went straight to painting scenery on a 28 foot wide stage which rekindled my love for art. To begin with I concentrated on abstract art and loved working in colour and texture. I also developed silhouette work in coloured graphite which was the first work that I sold professionally.
In 2009 I was given the chance to take part in an Open Studio event at very short notice. I did not have enough work to show so took on a challenge to produce 30 pieces of work in 30 days. It was then that I started drawing animal portraits again and I have not stopped since.
I love breathing life into portraits seeing them come alive with each stroke of the pencil, then seeing the pleasure they bring to people. I am interested in producing only the very highest standard of work that is true to the character of animal or person. I want the owners of my art to be more than happy, I want the portrait I produce for them to be one of their most treasured possessions. I only produce a limited number of works because I take time to capture the character of the subject.
I have spent thousands of hours studying and developing my work including time spent studying the animals and people that I love to draw. More recently, I have been compelled to spend increasing amounts of time outside my studio learning about my camera in order to better capture my subjects. I have also started to play with 3D work using driftwood and anything else I can find to form the basis of new works. . My newly forged relationship with the outside world has breathed new life into my drawings and encouraged me to try other methods of expressing my creativity. This curiosity will no doubt express itself further in my work over the coming months as I look to exhibit again for the first time in more than two years.
You can also keep up to date with my work through my blog or on Facebook.