I am a member of group of writers and artists called LiterArties who will be holding exhibitions around Oxfordshire in 2019 at the following venues:
THIRTYEIGHT Cafe, South Parade, Oxford OX2 8JN.
Dates: 13 Oct 2019 - 6 Jan 2020
CORNERSTONE ART CENTRE, 25 Station Road, Didcot OX11 7NE.
Dates: 26 Nov - 9 Dec 2019
I studied Fine Art at Newcastle University in the 60s but then went on to work in a variety of occupations including scientific publishing, teaching and computer programming. Since my student days I have been influenced by naïf painters such as the Douanier Rousseau, René Rimbert and Fernando Botero and like them use simple and expressive figures against brightly coloured backgrounds. To create my canvasses and project my feelings about the world around me, I start with a jumbled mess of brushstrokes and then gradually work area by area resolving these into separate images. I am fascinated by nature and have lived close to the Thames all my life. Its fauna and flora feature prominently in my work. However, the landscapes and settings are sometimes anarchic – there are mouths ready to swallow up unwary oarswomen, snails firing incendiaries into a city and always chimeras – part human and part animal appearing as actors in many stage-crafted scenes.