I'm self-taught. Art had been at the back of my mind for a while ... and I knew I didn't want to take the formal academic route. My art journey began in June 2015, when I was given an A5 size sketchbook and coloured pencils at my first art workshop led by John Frederick Black at his studio called The Shed, in Rushden, Northamptonshire.
I had recently written a poem called 'Still a Tree'
using a photo of myself sitting on a Banyan tree in Tenerife, taken in 1998. I used this photo as a reference image and within two hours, I had produced my first 'piece'.
I continued to make a lot of coloured pencil drawings and branched off into mixed media collages for a while. But it wasn’t until 1st April 2018 that I made a commitment to experiment with paint and made artwork using acrylic, finally settling with watercolour, ink and gouache mediums. From sketches and still life drawings to paintings of a range of subjects, my mixed media method has been a real joy as I’ve discovered what works, what doesn’t work. Being a self-taught artist provides me with the freedom to experiment and focus on exactly what inspires and motivates me.
Behind the scenes, I’ve watched a lot of YouTube videos – tutorials, artist profiles, art seminars and discussions. I’ve consulted and read art books and visited many art galleries. I have consistently kept an art journal, art notebooks, and an audio diary, to document my journey, cataloguing my artwork and capturing inspirational ideas from YouTube videos that were particularly enlightening.