Born in Oxfordshire, brought up in Gloucestershire.
BSc(Hons) Energy Studies, University College Swansea (as it then was).
Life by the sea in Pembrokeshire - beachcombing cumpulsory! - inspires my work promoting sustainability, my writing (prose, poems, & songs), and my art; in the winter months, there's amateur dramatics.
How I learnt to paint
Art was a favourite subject; however, school timetabling meant no more art after the age of 13.
Moving to Bristol (early 1980s) I joined Life Drawing evening classes, improving my skills and confidence; and, in Bristol and Bath, so many public and commercial galleries. In 1989, after a residential painting holiday on Skye, 18 months away from refrigeration system design to paint full time.
That phase brought me on hugely:
- I learnt to JUST GET ON WITH IT: day after day, often outdoors, sometimes regardless of the weather;
- I loved the ALL DAY LIFE SESSIONS, one of which offered DAY-LONG POSES, at what were originally the Royal West of England Academy Schools in Clifton: big high-ceilinged studios, beautiful North Light. The "old hand" artists there pretty much bullied me into aiming for a finished 24" x 30" oil painting, every time: 'We can do it, and so can you!' Can I ever express enough gratitude?
Whenever I pick up pencil or brush, I rely on techniques and disciplines learnt then; and though, as a keen photographer since university days, I already valued self-criticism - how much more rigorous, once introduced to the cold impartiality of a mirror!
Energy / Engineering ideas
There are quite a few that I'd like to share; I'm still wondering about the best way to present them.
I am already working on my second novel. Again set in a fictional but recognisable Pembrokeshire, it will not be a continuation of A Summer Break’s story; nevertheless, there will be a link - that is all I can say for now.