After taking voluntary early retirement some years ago, and having been warned by his personal “management” to find something to do to keep him from getting under her feet, a lifelong love of photography and art led him to take up painting.
He joined the Harrogate and Nidderdale Art Club and has served on the committee for many years in which time he has produced Brushstrokes, acted as Treasurer for three years, has been Vice-Chairman, and twice Chairman.
He has studied locally with local artists, as well as attending courses with other professional artists, but has also gained valuable experience and knowledge from the club’s demonstrators and workshops.
It was through the Club that he met Welsh wilderness artist David Bellamy, with whom he has been on painting trips to remote areas of Peru, Patagonia and Svalbard. These“expeditions” involved living under canvas most of the time, and have included transport by horse, kayak and 40ft ocean-going sailing yacht, combined with considerable amounts of foot-slogging.
He has recently gravitated to producing portraits and studies of animals of all kinds in a variety of media ranging from coloured pencils to acrylic, as well as becoming more aware of, and beginning to understand, abstract and minimalist works that require the viewer to“complete the picture”.