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Born and raised in Bristol in the South West of England, I have a deep love for the city and it's people which are the subjects of a great many of my paintings and sketches.
I have a good grounding in art and the natural sciences but decided to pursue a physics degree at UCL rather than go to art college, as through my academic life I had become less convinced of the ability of a standard education to deliver me the experiences I desired, especially in the field of art. For this reaso… Read More
I have a good grounding in art and the natural sciences but decided to pursue a physics degree at UCL rather than go to art college, as through my academic life I had become less convinced of the ability of a standard education to deliver me the experiences I desired, especially in the field of art. For this reason I chose to feed my hunger to understand more of the fundamental nature of reality, having become more and more fascinated by quantum physics and cosmology as I struggled to come to terms with the various harsh and wondrous aspects of the world at large as I, er, 'matured'. I believed the field of science was perhaps better suited to the type of compartmentalised and enclosed educational methods which dominate our academic system, though I was to find this approach frustrating even within this context. Not that I don't appreciate what we have and I have the greatest respect for teachers and educators, now apparently restricted to teaching within the bounds of a curriculum which seems geared more towards a production line approach to getting a workforce online than for the sake of inspiring and empowering students to achieve a productive, fulfilled and happy life. I have simply witnessed, heard of and experienced various problems which don't seem isolated or trivial, and I believe we can do so much better for so many more people... Hm, I'm rambling somewhat, this topic needs more concentrated analysis which is perhaps not best undertaken here. Suffice it to say I get much deeper into this and other matters on my website which is currently under development... I'll post a link when it's ready...

I've posted a link now, but it's still very much in development... Read Less
Through my work I try to realise a synergy between reality and the observer, between subject and environment, to encourage conscious thought on the deeper questions in life - I do not want to be overtly abstract, but to represent reality in a way which encourages an inquisitive mind to keep asking questions. This … Read More
Through my work I try to realise a synergy between reality and the observer, between subject and environment, to encourage conscious thought on the deeper questions in life - I do not want to be overtly abstract, but to represent reality in a way which encourages an inquisitive mind to keep asking questions. This is however, a secondary intent - primarily I want to produce work which will be considered beautiful or simply captivate the audience for a time. To paraphrase the poet laureate in The West Wing, it is the artists job to captivate you for however long we've asked for your attention; if we stumble upon truth while we're doing it we got lucky. Which also (slightly contrarily) reminds me of the George Sand quote - "Art for art's sake is an empty phrase. Art for the sake of truth, art for the sake of the good and the beautiful - that is the ideal I'm searching for." These two quotes kinda sum it up for me, I have my own ideas of what I'd like to render, to convey, but ultimately it's in the hands of the observer as to what they'll take away from it. To summarise the common sayings, truth and beauty are in the eye of the beholder, and if something chimes with an observer perhaps it's because it touches on something universal, or (probably the more likely answer) it's a serendipitous occurrence of coherence with a personal reaction within that individual. And indeed, things may not chime at all...d'oh! Read Less
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