FAQ

How do I buy your work and where can I see it?

I tend to sell my large pieces through galleries and small pieces from the studio. Please get in touch if there is anything you are interested in and I’ll either point you to the gallery it’s currently sitting in, or get you over to the studio for a chat and a viewing. You will be most welcome.

If you are interested in one of my small plein air pieces in the FROM LIFE section, take a look at the photos on this page to see the lovely packaging you’ll receive the painting in. Perfect for a gift for a loved one!

I prefer online bank transfers for purchases but can also take card payments here at the studio.

How can I keep up to date with your newest work?

Sign up to my mailing list and you’ll be first to hear about all new works and exhibition news.

Do you paint everything on location?

No. For the first 5 years I did, but over the last year my practise has changed.

All 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, “alla prima”

Painting from life is a very intense and focussed process for me. it’s about that 2-3 hours of intense concentration to capture a moment before the light changes.

When I’m painting a large piece in the studio I have the time, space and controlled light to really think about what kind of statement I want to make and by working in 4-5 layers over many days I can create effects that are impossible in one sitting.

Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages.

Do you teach?

I have done a few times in the past, although I don’t run regular classes/workshops. It’s not something I’m focussed on pursuing, but if you and a few friends want to book a couple of days tuition, get in touch and I might be able to arrange something. I don’t have the facilities to teach here at the studio, but meeting somewhere outside works well. having your own equipment would be a must.

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, Clifton Suspension Bridge.

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, David Sharpe.

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?

Paint

Winsor Newton Artists Quality Oil colour

Titanium White
Bismuth Yellow
Cadmium Yellow Deep
Cadmium Red
Alizarin Crimson
Sap Green
Viridian
Cobalt Blue
French Ultramarine
Burnt Umber

Brushes

Rosemary & Co. “Evergreen” Longer Filbert sizes 0-10

Medium

Turps, Poppy Oil & Siccative.

Boards

Sized and Oil Primed MDF.

For more info on my equipment and materials, you can watch this video.

When are you going to make more epsiodes of Thoughts on Painting?

It’s on hold, currently, but not dead. Maybe in the Spring. Stay tuned and thanks for your patience!

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! haha.