‘A Member of The St Ives of Artists
& The St Ives Arts Club
Born in 1940, studied Graphic Design at
Kingston College of Art 1958-61 where I was encouraged to explore abstract
ideas. in 1965 I moved to Cornwall to paint and write.
My taste in shapes and colour
relationships and texture is influenced by the landscape but, in the end, it is
the work which I have previously created that provides the inspiration for new
As a poet I am aware of the power of metaphor and as a painter I enjoy simple shapes, which can morph and have more than one meaning.
When painting I regard the canvas or paper as a slice of air, into which I can float shapes. Only the edge is real. Abstract Expressionism creates space for viewers to find their own interpretation. My paintings are windows for the imagination.
I am convinced that all art survives on its mysteries rather than its explanations.
1980-2010 I ran The Salthouse Gallery,
representing the work of contemporary artists and craftsmen.
I have conducted workshops for the
Arvon Foundation, Tate Gallery, National Trust, British Heritage Trust, Gulbenkian
Trust, Trebah Gardens, Daisy, The Eden Project, Early Years Scilly, The
National Poetry Secretariat and The Sorrell Foundation.
My words of poetry are; Cut in Oak, at Saltash, in the Millennium Park, beside the Tamar.
Etched in Granite, remembering the
Cornish Diaspora, in gardens at Heartlands, the Cornwall Heritage site.
Cast in Iron, beside the canal, in
Leamington Spa, celebrating the life of Sir Terry Frost.
My paintings are in
numerous private collections, around the world.'