From the beginning, I was interested in art. It has been a lifelong passion.
The sea, landscape and the female form are subjects I paint constantly.
I studied under William Turner, whose work is now selling for five figure sums.
He taught me to appreciate rich texture in applying paint thickly, without the need for linseed oil or thinners, one brush stroke at a time to the canvas; this has progressed to include palette knives in certain aspects of my work.
I attended life class in the 70s and 80s under the tuition of the sculptor, Francoise Lewis and became interested in drawing and painting the human figure; in particular, the female form which I find challenging and rewarding.
I also paint landscape and seascape and find the moors above Greater Manchester inspirational because of the stark beauty of the Pennines and the ever-changing weather conditions there.
Everywhere I go, I see something that inspires me to paint, a combination of colours, the way someone is standing or a intriguing glance from a woman, a sailing boat out at sea or a cloud formation in the sky.
These are feelings I never want to be without and hope to share with anyone who appreciates art.
From my first uncertain scribbles with crayons, to the discovery of oils and acrylics, I know that even now I have plenty to learn in the World of Art.
I guess you might say that is why I enjoy it so much. Nowadays, I try to portray the human experience of looking in a slightly different way than I did, say, ten years ago.
My work with palette knives and acrylic paint works particularly well with the human figure, although I am progressing to using the technique in landscapes and seascapes.
However, I have not abandoned the basics of drawing or the long hours I spent at art school thumbing through book after book on anatomy.
Now I take pleasure in drawing the human figure with pencil and charcoal in a purely figurative manner.
Nature and the people around me are the two big influences in my work.
However, other painters’ work can and does inspire me to new ideas.
The female form has a special interest as I find in women an endless source of inspiration. It is not just their natural beauty or their nudity that attracts me as an artist to paint women. It is what I see and sometimes what I do not see, but feel, like a smile hidden behind a face that is trying to be serious, or a gesture, or just the way a woman stands that makes me want to portray her in a way unique to art.
I have said it many times, occasionally the feeling is so strong that my brushes and knife seem to have a life of their own and sometimes I even create a work I like.
Personally, I feel the role of figurative art is to carry on a tradition that started long ago, before the Italian Renaissance.
I do not mean we should all take a big step back in time. However, Art has become vulgar and distastful and downright silly over the years and my first recollection of it going down the toilet was with Marcel Duchamp’s urinal as art.
If an unknown artist had tried the same gag he would have been kicked out of the gallery and his p*** stone with him.
Shame on you Duchamp; you didn't change Art you distroyed it.
I am not even going to mention the pile of bricks and a certain someone’s unkempt bed. It might all smell fishy enough to be in the same proximity of a rotting shark that would be better at the bottom of the sea.
We all know who to blame but it would do no good in naming and shaming.
I often wonder what Turner would say if he could came back from the dead at the next Turner Prize freak show.