photograph by David Woolfall
Personal statement & history
My work is now abstract painting, mainly in acrylic,
I studied fine Art at the West of England College of Art, Bristol 1959 – 62, then became a domestic ware potter to earn my living. I later added individual handbuilt pieces, and in 2006 began making sculpture in Perspex, steel, wood etc., all abstract.
In January 2011 I changed direction to paint. It starts with a feeling, a colour and a brush or palette knife, becomes an exploration into the unknown until the painting has its own authority, and then I live with it for a while, discovering what I have done. In 2017 I began working with oil and soft pastels, discovering their immediacy and widening my palette.
I welcome visits to see the work, some of which is always on display in my studio and also in what used to be my pottery shop.
During 2010 I had an unusual accident that happened to mark a change of direction in my work. I also wrote about the experience for The Guardian. If you would like to read the article, click this link (not for the faint hearted)