As with many artists, I remember drawing from a very early age, and in the earliest photograph I have of myself, I’m grasping a large crayon, and happily creating colourful lines and shapes on the paper. I have used many different mediums throughout my life, including graphite pencil, watercolour, oils and acrylics, but it is only in the last few years that coloured pencil has become my favourite. During this time, I produced 14 coloured pencil illustrations for a children’s book called “The Adventures of Swoop and Don”, loosely based on a true story, based in Gloucester, of a friendship between a seagull called Swoop and a carpark attendant called Don! This project gave me added confidence to persevere with coloured pencils.
I’m now producing landscapes, wildlife and portraits, using coloured pencils. They have a unique quality of translucency, when they are layered over one another, the original colour remaining, and a new colour created at the same time. This gives them unlimited creative opportunities. It’s also particularly useful to start with a ground colour that more or less resembles the dominant colour in my subject. This technique saves me a great deal of time and gives more instant results. My overriding preference for coloured pencil was further enhanced, when I drew a coloured pencil version of “The Haywain”, by John Constable, which gave me increased confidence in understanding tone, colour and composition. The intensity and richness of certain brands of coloured pencil, such as Faber Castell Pablo, also allows me to create good contrast and dramatic images.
For a major part of my life, I was a cartographer and I produced several hand drawn street maps for a local map publisher. This experience in intricate, small scale draughtsmanship was particularly useful when I decided to specialise in drawing miniatures using coloured pencils. I was fortunate to be asked to write an article on miniature painting for the Talking Point magazine, which was published in November 2017.
I have a full size screen and exhibit annually in late June and July, at the "Art in the Park" outdoor exhibition at Imperial Gardens, Cheltenham, Glos. I have sold many of my pictures here, including miniatures. I'm also a member of Churchdown Art Club, near Cheltenham, where I have exhibited and sold work at the club's November exhibition.