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About Me

One of my earliest memories is of drawing. Although my career was made as a university teacher art always remained in the back of my mind as the thing I really wanted to do.

In the early 'nineties I began tentatively to exhibit my work. I took early retirement from the University of Bradford in July 2001 in order to paint, taking every opportunity that presented itself to study art, primarily but not exclusively through courses offered at the Bradford College. In 2009 I was fortunate to be awarded a one-year mentorship, funded by the EU and administered by Fabric, studying with Graeme Willson.

For some time I concentrated on landscape drawing and painting, often with the themes of rock and rock-climbing, although subsequently the themes of my work have become much more diverse, as the "galleries" on this site will indicate. A large area of my concerns has to do with the communication of symbolic images, often with a directly religious intention. My interpretations of the poetry of T.S. Eliot, and my reflections on "solitude and sacredness" have this character, as does the set of images I produced in which I responded to the experience of Italian troops during the Great War, to which I have given the title "Presente!"

For the past six years I have been keeping a blog (accessible through the home page of this site) in which I try to give readers some idea of the life and experience of an artist, and things related to the viewpoint and activity of artists. I try to make this entertaining as well as informative, intimate as well as addressing issues of general interest. Please do take the time to look at it. I hope you find it worthwhile and will find in it reasons for regular visits.

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