Iwas born on the Wirral in 1970 back when wallpaper, curtains and carpets were truly hideous (I have the photographs to prove it) and have painted and drawn pictures as long as I can remember as an insurrection against 70’s decor.
My first real love of art began with american comic books and the day that I finally drew a picture of an upside-down Spider-Man (he was hanging from the ceiling) that didn’t need any correctional advice from my older brother Peter, himself no mean artist, was a big day in my artistic development. I think also those comic books blessed me with a love for other-worldy, fantastical stories and art. Myths. legends and fairy stories have always affected me on a deep level I’ve never been able to fathom but which certainly connect me to a world more magical than the hum-drum of daily life.
In my late teens, the discovery of Pre-Raphaelite art and, in particular that of John William Waterhouse, awoke in me a love of Romantic art, again something which stirs my heart and imagination. I guess since that time I was always going to draw and paint for the rest of my days simply out of love, simply to attempt to express that magical world that lies beyond our everyday world, even if I never make a penny from it.
As of writing this in November 2017, I’ll be doing more my own thing i.e. original works. I’ve often drawn things inspired by some of my favourite movies, book, comics etc. (Tim Burton, Hayao Miyazaki, Neil Gaiman and so on) and, although I love those things dearly, I can’t sell them on, such is copyright. I’ll still do some of those types of work, of which I’ll post here, but I think my greatest success lies in my own work which, at some point, will include some of my own illustrated stories, too!
Thanks for visiting my site and I hope you’ll find something here that touches that ineffable, magical world inside yourself as well.