Do you teach?
Yes. I’m available for one to one or group bookings. I charge £35 per hour, per head with a maximum group size of 4. Lessons take place in a variety of Bristol locations, depending on what you want to learn more about, be it landscape or urban. The lessons can be catered for absolute beginners or more advanced painters. Having your own equipment would be a must. You can watch my equipment video for an idea of the basics. Please email me to enquire about making a reservation. Mon-Fri 9-5pm works best for me, as weekends are about the kids! For more info on tuition, please click here.
How can I keep up to date with your newest work?
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Do you paint everything on location?
No. For the first 5 years I did, but over the last year my practise has changed. Most of my small paintings are done on location, but the bigger pieces are painted back in my studio. I don’t like returning to a spot for multiple sessions on a painting on subsequent days as I want it all captured in one sitting.
When I’m painting in the studio I have the time, space and controlled light to really think about what kind of statement I want to make and working in multiple layers enables me to create effects that are impossible in one sitting. Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages.
Do you do talks?
Yes. I can bring some paintings to your art society/club and chat to you for a couple of hours about what I do and how I do it. Please email to sort out a booking.
How many paintings have you done?
Over a thousand.
Do you ever destroy your work?
Yes. I’ve snapped, binned, slashed and burned multiple pieces. I can highly recommend it.
Where’s your favourite place to paint?
Durdle Door, Old Harry Rocks, Bedruthan Steps and anywhere in Bristol.
Do you have a favourite painting?
You can watch this video for a show and tell.
Who are your favourite living painters?
Phil Hale, Peter Brown, Fred Cuming.
Who are your favourite dead painters?
Lucian Freud, Rembrandt, Sargent, Alphonse Mucha, Arthur Streeton, Edward Harrison Compton, Gil Elvgren, Ilya Repin, Stanhope Forbes, Zorn.
Where/how did you learn to paint?
I’m self taught as far as oil painting goes, but I did do a degree in illustration. I always yearned to learn how to use oils, so after 7 years as a full time illustrator, I switched to painting and never looked back.
What materials do you use?
Winsor Newton Artists Quality Oil colour
Cadmium Yellow Deep
Rosemary & Co. “Evergreen” Longer Filbert sizes 0-10
Turps, Poppy Oil & Siccative.
Sized and Oil Primed MDF.
For more info on my equipment and materials, you can watch this video.
What advice do you have for someone starting down a similar path?
If you’re interested in painting, you’ll be curious and curiosity is the key to self-initiated learning. Ask questions in your mind about what new thing you want to know before starting a painting session and focus on trying a lot of different techniques and approaches to solve that particular problem. Trial and error is how to learn. It’s hard, exciting, exhausting but liberating. Think about painting when in bed and drifting off to sleep. A strange little door opens during that time and the self conscious seems to leak into the conscious. I’ve made almost all of my “leaps” this way.
Don’t get too hung up on what other people are doing or how they do it; they are on their own path and are further down that path than you are. What they know and how they explain it won’t necessarily relate to your practise and you may not be able to make any sense of it until you’re further along and have developed a bigger skillset.
Some fundamental principles of painting won’t “click” in your head until you’ve done a few hundred hours of work. You can’t just read a book on painting and instantly make sense of everything. You have go through the motions to really get inside a concept and truly understand it. This takes time.
Don’t automatically assume your work will evolve in the direction of the artist you most admire. Trust yourself, be brave and don’t overthink it. Instinct beats imitation.
And…try and enjoy it!