1978 - 79 Dyfed College of Art, Carmarthen: Art Foundation Course
1979 - 82 Bristol Polytechnic: BA (Hons) Graphic Design
I was a reluctant student of Graphic Design; although my interest lay more in Fine Art, at the time I lacked the courage and discipline to change courses. Following graduation in 1982 I embarked on a career in design but clung to the hope that at some stage I would focus my attention on painting. After several years of employment and self employment disillusionment caught up with me once more but an escape to the Scottish Highlands provided the time and space for some much needed introspection.
The impact of the landscape and the freedom from deadlines and design briefs transformed my yearning to paint into a compulsion. Very little else mattered and the subsequent months were spent undergoing the metamorphosis from designer to Fine Artist. There were many failures as I nervously formulated my responses to the landscape. The acceptance of my work by galleries and the encouragement received from respected painters furnished me with a self belief and direction which I had previously been lacking.
Although my engagement with the landscape remains deep rooted, my paintings are becoming increasingly intuitive; moving away from subject matter and not anchored by any particular place. Compositions often contain suggestive, figurative links to elements of the land but are soon provoked by non descriptive shapes and patterns.
Paintings evolve through a physical process of building and destroying, layering and revealing, balancing chaos with order until shapes, lines and textures emerge and juxtaposed colours interact.