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About the Artist

I produce strange and happy painting from the edge of the White Peak, inspired by the magic of nature and the beings of legend still striding the land. The subject matter is an indiscriminate hodgepodge of folklore and imagery I absorbed over the course of my early life and which now tumble out of me like forgotten languages jumbled together into glorious nonsense.

Among the artists who have influenced and inspired me are John Howe, Rembrandt, Paul Raymond Gregory, Steven Walsh, Hans Holbein the Younger, Alan Lee, Peter Pracownik, Frank Frazetta, Brian Froud and David Thiérrée.

I am self-taught and have no formal training as an artist. I work mostly in acrylics, painting on canvas board and salvaged wood, and in traditional drawing media. I have also been known to dabble in leftover household emulsion. My work is characterised by vibrant colours, dreamy subject matter and boggly eyes. I sometimes undertake commissions depending on the lay of the land, so feel free to contact me if this is something you would like to explore.

 

Additionally, I undertake portrait and life modelling, and am available for classes and workshops within reasonable travelling distance. I have worked in this capacity with artists such as Patty Callaghan, David Gray, Chris ClementsLouis Smith and Jane Cockayne.

 

My work has illustrative qualities and suggests a narrative, though I rarely set out to specifically illustrate a story. I try to tap into a more collective folklore, putting my own twist on motifs that I hope will ring a bell in many minds yet remain elusive enough for the viewer to create their own narrative. My work is always warm and reflects my love of my native mythology and the many cultures that have contributed to the tapestry.

I live in mighty Macclesfield (Cheshire), from whence I enjoy wandering the Peak District and scampering up hills.

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