Born - Christchurch, New
Education - Nelson Boys College
Cashmere High School
Previous Occupations - Flying Instructor, manager
Deciding to "retire" in 1989, I
purchased a small
watercolour set and began teaching myself to paint. It was obvious that
having read everything I could find on the subject that there were as
many techniques as there were books about it. There was a lot to learn
but after reading the book, "The Art of Robert Bateman" I knew how I
wanted my paintings to develop.
I now paint almost exclusively in
oil and copy old
masters (you soon find out why they were called masters) for practice.
It is well known throughout history that one generation has drawn both
inspiration and knowledge from those who went before. Raphael copied
Michelangelo, who derived inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci, and
Rubens bless his heart copied all of them. It does not matter whether
your inspiration is drawn from out of your head, a photograph, another
painting, or from life, the creative process that causes it all has
been felt before.
important thing is that you do it to the best
of your ability, learn while doing it, and take pride in putting your
own stamp on it. I am indebted to the following artists for showing me
the way, which has resulted in my work being sold throughout the world.
What better company could one wish for late at night in your studio?
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On my purchasing page you will
see me in a
fetching blue number with the head too big for the body. This is to
remind me that no matter how good I get, despite all the advantages
that the modern artist enjoys, Gainsborough was a better painter!