Preferred medium – Gouache
I gained a degree in Fine Art in the early 60’s when the disciplines of life drawing, pictorial composition and colour theory etc, were considered to be important. That discipline has served me well as a graphic designer/illustrator throughout a long and successful career.
After graduating, I worked in a variety of advertising agencies and design groups. Eventually my work was reviewed in Design Magazine, and I twice won the Royal Society of Arts Presidential Award for my clients.
I was an elected fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers, and on occasions, lectured on behalf of the Design Council.
I had a brief spell as a lecturer in graphic design, but I much preferred working in, rather than teaching design, but it did have it’s occasional highlights.
I retired early to start painting again, and chose Gouache as my medium, partly because of it’s simple formulation, hardly anyone else was using it, and it has a wonderful rich colour quality. I consider myself to be a painter of the Northern landscape, rather than a typical Lakeland artist. I try to record the harsh gritty landscape with endless patterns of dry stone walls, field barns, and crags – all overlaid with seasonal colour changes and set against dramatic skies.
I have regular collectors of my work, and it seems to have found it’s way to Australia, the United States and half a dozen European countries. I have simple aims, I enjoy producing my paintings, and I hope the viewer shares my pleasure.
Where framed, the paintings are behind ‘Water White’ glass, and have a high degree of UV light protection. The dimensions are image size, the mounts and frame adding to the final size.
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