I generally don't have any great, deep and meaningful philosophy behind the ideas that find their way into my works. More often than not they just happen and I interpret them as I go along. Sometimes I am moved by some happenings and they begin the germ of the idea which may start out a certain way but can end up slightly differently. Basically my style lies somewhere between classic realism and benign impressionism. My subjects embrace land and sea scapes, figure and portraits and depending on my mood ranges from traditional conservativism through surrealism and fantasy to the odd abstract. I prefer oils as my main medium followed by pastels, acrylic, coloured pencils, graphite,pen and ink, charcoal and Pantone markers. I combine coloured pencils, markers and water colour on occassions. Those who have had the greatest influence on my development have been initially da Vinci and Rembrandt, through the Pre Raphaelites, Bouguereau, Tadema, Leighton and later Dali, Magritte and some more modern artists of differing types such as Norman Rockwell, Boris Vallejo, Morgan Weistling, Robert Hagan and Jack Vettriano. The early Australian impressionists such as Streeton and McCubbin also moved me
Biography: I was born 1941 in Maryborough Queensland Australia and did my schooling there until I moved to Brisbane to join the Commonwealth Bank and then on to the Reserve Bank (a bit like the Bank of England, Australian style). There I stayed for the next 20 years until I decided that it was time to change direction and get into the art field full time (I had been freelancing in fashion illustration and doing some commission work on the side while still in the bank). I decided in 1980 to take over ownership of an Art Shop while at the same time studying for my Diploma of Visual Arts at the Queensland College of Art. Due to the pressure of running the business I deferred my studies in 1982. I closed the ArtPlace the following year. The next 5 years saw me seving at vario us times as gallery director of the Royal Queensland Art Society(approx 9 months), T.A.F.E. tutor and at the same time gaining my Instructional Skills Certificate together with freelancing in fine art and illustration of all kinds. In 1988 I became a full time instructor at The Advertising Academy where I remained until resigning at the end of 1993 to once again go freelancing but mainly as an illustrator. I still did part time tutoring at the Academy which later came under new management and became The Institute for Design. I was lucky enough to survive the cut backs and reamained there until 2003. In early 2000 I also took over the istructing role at The Ascot Art Studio. When the studio closed I took those students who were willing to come with me and I now teach from the "comfort" of my home. I now have more time to devote to painting.
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