I occasionally give demonstrations to local art groups. Also during January and feb. of 2011, I hope to be working in the Butterfly Rooms in Saltaire, and would welcome visitors
I first studied art at Sydney University whilst working in a steel foundry. Although I then chose to follow a career in archaeology, I continued to develop my painting skills in various media and now derive most of my living from selling my work.
Travel has been a major theme in my life and, combined with my interest in ancient sites, many pictures reflect his fascination with the architectural remains of past civilizations. A major inspiration has been the 19th century landscape artist, David Roberts. Sketch pad in hand, I revisited many of the Middle Eastern sites portrayed by Roberts.
As a resident of Saltaire, West Yorkshire I turned my attention to the architectural legacy of Lockwood and Mawson and my series of Saltaire oils depict the village at those first and last moments of a cloudless day when the sun lights the stone with a rich intensity reminiscent of more ancient World Heritage sites.
Recent exhibition work features the prehistoric and later rock art and monuments of Rombald's Moor,a series based on the spectacular Dales High Way long-distance walk and this year a portfolio of "Cats of Saltaire"
I am perhaps better known for my depictions of meadows and woodland which are sold at a number of galleries locally including the Anstey Galleries in Harrogate, HG4 in Ripon, Smithy in Kettlewell and Dales Gallery in Settle and Fractal Press Gallery in Grassington. My studio, above the Butterfly Rooms in Saltaire's Bingley Road is open to visitors for browsing and sales.
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Currently exhibiting at Anstee Gallery, Harrogate
Ongoing display and open studio. Butterfly Rooms, 73 Bingley Rd, Saltaire
Conways Arts and Crafts, Keighley (couple of works only)
Dales gallery, Settle
HG4 Gallery, Ripon
Smithy Gallery, Kettlewell.
Buildings, Flowers And Gardens, Landscape, Townscapes, Trees and Foliage, Waterways and Canals, Wild Flowers