Biography

My earliest and greatest inspiration was my Irish Grandfather who was very creative. As a child I watched him paint in his flat near London Bridge, The smell of linseed oil and oil paint always reminds me of him.
In 1981 i met Henry Moore who gave tours of his studios in Hertfordshire to small groups of Art students. He talked about the way he worked while working on his small maquettes , the whole experience made a huge impact on me.

After completing a foundation course at Watford School of Art and a Degree in fine art at Birmingham School of Art, I worked as a screen printer for a couple of years to save up to study and live in Spain. I studied Spanish at Malaga University from 1989 to 1990, near Picasso’s birthplace in the City.
I have painted landscapes in Ronda, Andalusia, since the early 1980s, i still love it there, it was home to the great David Bomberg, who continues to inspire me .
I have worked at the National Gallery, The Royal Academy of Arts, been an Art teacher in Sunderland, screen printer, frame maker, sign-writer and Pharmaceutical Analyst.
I continue to teach every aspect of Art and design to pupils in a local primary school each year and i am more passionate now about Art and creativity than ever before.


Commissions & Residencies

2008 :Commissioned to paint a large canvas of Hertford County Hall. This hangs in the office of the Leader of Hertfordshire County Council in County Hall
2011: Commissioned to produce a painting of the " BBC Radio London" Route master bus.
2011: Commissioned to produced a 20ft oil on canvas triptych of the Thames for "Most" bar inside Tower Bridge, Shad Thames, SE1.
2012 :Commissioned to paint "Blackfriars Station" by the construction company.
2014: Artists in Residence at Tower 42 in The City of London October to December.


Competitions:

2013: Awarded 2nd prize "2013 Derwent Art Prize: Mall Galleries, The Mall, London.


Solo Exhibitions

2016: Hertford Theatre. Hertford. Hertfordshire..
2012: Reading room gallery, Frith Street, Soho, London. W1
2011: GSK House, Brentford.
2010: Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, Euston Road, London. NW1
2010: Reading room gallery, Frith Street, Soho, London. W1
2009: Courtyard Art Gallery, Hertford.
1994 :Forty Hall, Enfield, Middlesex.
1992: Conway Hall, Red Line square, Holborn, London.
1991 :Watford Central Library, Hempstead Road, Herts.
1990: Malaga University, Malaga City Centre, Spain.

Group Exhibitions

2014, 2016, 2018: Stars on Canvas, Regent Street in 2014 & Piccadilly in 2016.
2014: Draw, Hertford Theatre. Hertford. Hertfordshire..
2013 -Derwent Art Prize :Pencil Museum, Keswick, Cumbria. Dec 2013 - Jan 2014
2013: Derwent Art Prize, The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London.
2012 : Fields of vision: Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham,TW1 3DJ
2011 : Parallax Art Fair, La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall, London. SW1
2010 : Cross my Art, 210 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, London. with Stuart McAlpine Miller
2008: Artshed Hertfordshire open Arts Fair, Artshed, West mill Farm, Ware, Herts.
2000: Ealing Theatre, London with John Butcher.
1995: North East Artists open, Middlesbrough.