My work in oil is mainly in the alla prima manner and usually directly from life study. Alla prima, direct painting, usually wet-in-wet, is exciting and often surprising because one is often responding spontaneously but with great concentration on the subject.
I am inspired by all kinds of subjects and I feel that creating work starts with developing a sensitivity to the beauty present. By ‘beauty’ I mean whatever moves, inspires, intrigues or is simply interesting that I want to study more deeply. Most often it is the quality of light which inspires.
“To me, technique should be unlimited... [with] constant growth in ability and understanding. It must never be mere virtuosity but an endless accumulation of qualities and wisdom... First comes the initial idea for a work - what the artist desires to portray, to bring into concrete manifestation. In order to fulfill this task, he must begin to build, to organise."
I currently live and work in Birmingham, UK.
I was born In Ireland and came to England at an early age. In my college years I had a strong affinity for both science and art and initially followed a university degree in science but later decided to pursue an artistic career and consequently gained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art specialising in sculpture. I went on to set up a studio making ceramic sculpture, as well as teaching art at schools and community colleges. I later gained a HNC in graphic design and worked for many years as a graphic designer. Currently I am developing a new body of work, primarily oil paintings in the alla prima manner.