Shortlisted four times in Saatchi Showdowns, I have been a full time artist for over 20 years.
Three of those shortlistings were for my paintings:
March 2012 - Saatchi Abstract Showdown for my abstract painting 'Imagine No John Lennon', one of just 300 artists chosen out of around 3300 entries.
July 2012 - Saatchi Surreal Showdown for my surreal painting 'Blind Cheetah in a Human Skin Coat', again one of just 300 chosen out of an initial 2200 artists
August 2013 Saatchi 'Back to Nature' Showdown for my abstract painting 'Nature's Reclamation' Nearly 4000 people submitted work.
My photography has also won awards:
February 2013 Chance Encounter in Kimmeridge - 'Close Up Coast' category winner in the Jurassic Coast Award 2013
March 2013 Life Dance was shortlisted in the prestigious Thames 21 Award 2013
May 2013 Reflections in Time was shortlisted in the Saatchi 'Bright Lights Big City' Showdown. The photograph was so popular, it gained more than 2200 views in three weeks.
October 2013 Reflections in Time was also a Finalist in the FANN13 Festival of Architecture photography competition 2013
The bold but irresistible step of becoming an artist at the age of 40 allowed me the confidence in the uniqueness of my own and interesting eye, giving me freedom from the constraints and limitations of more conventional avenues. This vision can be seen in my work with both canvas and camera.
I bring a particular emotion and depth to my art, whether through the lens or with paint, which is why it has often found a place in the home of other celebrated artists and performers. Some have found resonances in my images with expressionist and impressionist artists such as Turner, Rothko, Freud, Chagall and Bacon. My work has a strong following.
At the core of my art (and life) is my love and respect for nature and all those we share the world with. I seek to capture the moment of inevitable chance in the making of the work, and particularly what happens with light in that moment.
I am also a published writer, poet, filmmaker and Creative Director of Bonobo TV, a not for profit internet TV channel that celebrates respect for the planet and all those who share it.