Studied at the Huddersfield School of Art.
Post Graduate studies at the University of Leeds and Leeds College of Art.
Elected Member of the Chartered Society of Designers in the categories of illustration, typography and design education.
Research in the fields of word and picture images / professional practice.
Visiting lecturer at the School of Advanced Studies, Manchester College of Art and Design and the Institute of Advanced Studies at Manchester Polytechnic.
I paint, write, illustrate and talk. My visual works take 2 forms.
Painted in watercolour, gouache and acrylic. Watercolour allows me to float and be instant and ethereal; acrylic I tend to use for larger works; gouache and inks are colour weaponry…I use these to zing with and exploit the use of colour as a powerful agent, to excite, motivate and infiltrate the mind, to fill it with fun. It is emotional magic, a world full of wonderment. Each picture starts with a story or an idea, for it must communicate on a number of different levels to reach a wider audience, so it is chameleonic in nature.
Pen drawings or ‘black and whites’ explore the line, communicate detail and contrast. Observational, documentary and whimsical….here I come…. sometimes reminiscent of a Bewick engraving; sometimes contrasting solid black and fine line as Rackman, or the humorous giggling line of Ronald Searle, I take the pen for a walk and collect stories along the way.
These pictures are about observation and the joy of exploring the potential of the stimulation around us. Have you noticed this?….what would happen if?….What funny things we do….
Artist's Location: Stockport, Cheshire.