Born in County Durham. Studied at Sunderland College of Art. Spent most of his working life as an artist in his native North-East. Recently relocated to the south of England and now lives and works from his studio in Southampton. Has exhibited widely throughout the country and has works in gallery, hospital and corporate collections. Also with private patrons in Britain and abroad.
“I like working in mixed media and recycling materials, including discarded corrugated card packaging that I collect from local outlets. I then cut, tear and paint the various pieces, sometimes attempting to remove the fresh oil paint to reveal parts of the text on the card, or I will score and scratch the surface or sand it down to reveal the corrugations beneath. These various pieces of card are then shuffled around on a workbench, many ending in the bin, to create the finished work.
Recently, I have started to make larger, more colourful works using oil paint on canvas and applying a flat surface with clean lines as opposed to the scored, eroded, textured surfaces of the card pieces.
The works may remain abstract or sometimes I may collage in a printed image such as a Graeco-Roman statue. I am interested in astronomy and may depict suns, moons and constellations or simple geometric shapes such as circles, squares or triangles. I am also interested in leaving traces of human kind such as a hand or a foot print or, occasionally, a common or garden domestic object such as a spoon."