I specialize in traditional watercolours and highly detailed miniatures.
I was born in Darlington and have enjoyed painting since childhood. On leaving school, I worked for 28 years at NatWest Bank and then took Voluntary Redundancy. This gave me more time to develop my art work. I served as Hon. Secretary of Darlington Society of Arts from 1977 to 2007, painting outdoors with the group and attending painting holidays. In 1996 (after leaving the Bank) I first attempted painting miniatures, using stippled watercolour on the plastic ground of Ivorine or Polymin. The different technique took some time to master, but in 2003 to my amazement I started winning awards, including the Royal Miniature Society's Gold Memorial Bowl in 2005, and the Prince of Wales Award for Outstanding Miniature Painting in 2013.
I find inspiration for my paintings in the local countryside around North Yorkshire and South Durham and continue to paint en plein air during the summer, when I always have a camera handy in case I come across an interesting subject for a more complex watercolour or a miniature painting. Some subjects are more suitable for a larger work than a miniature, and painting in loose washes comes as a welcome break from the labour-intensive way of building up layers of stippled colour. I paint a wide range of representational subjects, sometimes composed from several photos, sketches & memories. My favourite place to visit is Beamish Museum, where I can find costumed figures, working animals, and vintage vehicles/machinery. Over the years I have painted in excess of 100 subjects from this source. I also visit local agricultural shows such as Masham Sheep Fair.
I am an elected member of the Royal Society of Miniature Painters Sculptors & Gravers and The Hilliard Society. As there is little interest in miniatures in the North East, I tend to paint local landscapes in traditional watercolours, and domestic/farm animals, figures and other 'general' subjects in miniature. However, I like to challenge myself to find different subjects.