Ever since I developed my first roll of film in the school darkroom at the age of 14 I have been hooked on the magic of pictures. Unfortunately, a family and a career got in the way being an artist. It was not until I had the chance to retire early that the creative cork popped out of the bottle and I have been fizzing ever since.
The choices were simple, day time TV, Golf or scratch the creative itch. I enrolled for a life class, took an art foundation course, and loved it. A great review of my foundation show, a bit of cheek and the kind support of Wills Art Warehouse in Putney and a sell out for my first show gave me the break I needed and I have not looked back.
A new career as an academic researcher and as a practicing artist beckoned. A BA, an MA and now a nearly completed PhD keep me out of mischief. I still find time to exhibit, complete commissions and get excited about a new Artist in Residence commission for LeftCoast and Wyre Borough Council, which is about to keep me busy for the next 7 months.
I could be described as a “multi-media” artist; my first choice medium is photograph both digital and alternative. I use the images I create as the basis for experimental multi/mixed media artwork, which ranges from transfer printing to collage and decoupage. I paint, draw add create robotic drawing machines and alternative cameras, such as pinhole and camera obscura. I create audio visual and video artwork and computer based generative art. I also write poetry. My inspiration is taken from urban decay, ruin and dereliction, metaphors for the frailty of memory. I am interested in art as therapy, particularly for the socially isolated and those with age related issues such as dementia.
ArtSpOts was a project started in 2008 as part of a Professional Practice module for a Fine Art degree.
The blog is now a outlet for my general art practice. A location for news and information about my wide ranging art interests.