Japanese Art and How It Inspires Me

Every artist, no matter their medium, is influenced by something: music, architecture, contemporaries or long-dead masters. As a visual artist, I’m intrigued, inspired and influenced by what I see, and Japanese art is among the styles that can really get my juices flowing. With roots dating back to 3,000 years BC, Japanese arts cover every […]

Finding beauty in the banal: Making art out of everyday objects

A teapot. A staircase. A partly obscured door. They’re all common-or-garden items with little inherent value or meaning. But to me, they’re a pathway to inspiration. I love making art with everyday objects: and I’m not the only one. For centuries, artists and sculptors have turned the banal into works of art ranging from the […]

When Architecture Becomes Art – Buildings That Inspire Me

Inspiration. It’s the start of all creativity, the fuel that drives the art world and everyone in it – including me. But the things and images that prompt us to pick up a brush or a pen or a chisel can vary wildly. I’m an acute observer of what’s going on around me, and my […]

The Importance of Light in My Work and How to Find the Best Light

David Hockney famously quipped: “I’m a very early riser, and I don’t like to miss that beautiful early morning light”. Every artist, no matter their milieu, understands that light is one of their most important collaborators. Even an absence of light will be used to further an idea or create a project. As Hockney suggests, […]

Perspective From My Perspective

My interest in perspective and how it influences my paintings is an important part of my work. However  I am not creating perspective from scratch, I already have the perspective from the photographs I use as inspiration for the subject matter, from these photographs is where the choices are made. This is where I decide […]

Why Does Water Inspire Artists So Much?

At the moment, I am building a pond, I have to say it’s been hard work with a lot of planning, designing and with a little help here and there from good friends, has overall been very satisfying. Water and garden features really do inject that extra interest and texture into the garden, not only […]

Traditional v Contemporary – What’s Your Choice?

The traditional image of a beach hut for most people would be the beautiful shabby chic candy striped huts, taking us back to the Edwardian era in a tide of nostalgia, when changing in public was frowned upon so councils provided these wonderful little huts often with matching deck chairs, for people to change into […]

Influencers – You Know What They Say About Genius’s !

Architecture is another art form which has always fascinated me and in particular the extraordinary architectural master of Art Nouveau, Gaudi.  His monuments in Barcelona have become iconic elements of Catalan culture and had a massive impact on me when I first saw his amazing work. Gaudi was a pioneer of design, he moved away […]

Geometry & Perspective In Art With The Father of Modern Art – Paul Cezanne

Continuing my theme of artist influencers another hugely important artist for me is Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) , the artist many dubbed the ‘Father of Modern Art’. Cezanne moved through and alongside the Impressionists but eventually broke away with his unique vision in art and due to this new, almost sculptural approach to painting, became an […]

Precision In Art

"Classic Landscape" by Charles Sheeler

Influencers From Precisionism To Vorticism Precisionism was a movement that started to gather pace in the 1920’s influenced by Futurism and Cubism as well as its strong connections to Art Deco. One of its pioneers was Charles Sheeler, an artist whose work I much admire. Sheeler actually initially was a commercial photographer who focused on […]