I am a professional marine artist based in North Devon, South West England. I was born in the mid sixties and I have been painting maritime scenes for many years. My marine paintings range from paintings of small sailing yachts, Falmouth Quay punts, gaff sail cutters and classic schooners to large modern J Class yachts and state-of-the-art America's Cup racing catamarans.
Art & Design, North Devon College 1982-1983
As a full time studio-based artist, I am often drawn by the aesthetics of a subject. Whenever I see something that is visually interesting, such as a beautiful yacht, a harbour, or a building, I will try to capture that subject as perfectly as I can onto canvas (using photographs or a sketch as a reference aid) and include as much detail as is necessary, paying particular attention to the quality of the light and to the colours within the scene, until I am satisfied that I have produced a convincing artistic interpretation. A painting, painted with acrylic paints, can take me anywhere between three to six weeks to complete, depending on the size of the painting and the amount of detail required.
Coral of Cowes | CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THIS PAINTING
My paintings have featured on online publications such as Classic Boat Magazine and Yachting Monthly Magazine. I have donated artwork to The Prince's Trust and my paintings have been exhibited at various exhibitions, including a major London Art Fair held at Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park and gallery representation at Windsor. Most of my artworks are now in private collections in the United Kingdom, but there are also a number of my originals and prints in small private collections in The Netherlands, Spain, USA, Australia and in Germany.
My recent marine paintings have been inspired and based on my own reference photographs and on the photography of two well-known professional photographers, Nic Compton (author of The Shipping Forecast) and Alex Irwin. Both have captured images of some of the most elegant and historically-important yachts in the world and have captured the amazing atmosphere, beauty, and drama of yacht racing through their photography.
J.P. Morgan Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) AC45 catamaran | CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THIS PAINTING
A few of my paintings have been featured in a book written by Robin Whitcomb, author of Wealding The Willow and Home Sweet Home. The book's title is Hidey Holes and was published in February 2016 by Troubador Publishing - Read more about this book and author.
Part of my work also involves giving talks and painting demonstrations to art groups. Such demonstrations are always enjoyable and enable me to experience first-hand a group's enthusiasm and passion for painting. Explaining my painting method in a simple and easy-to-understand manner helps group members to enjoy painting with acrylics and also encourages them to develop a greater confidence as an artist, whether they paint for pleasure, as a hobby, or paint professionally.
If you are interested in commissioning me to paint an original painting for you, then please contact me and I will be happy to discuss your requirements and answer any questions you may have regarding the commission.