Mix this with an upbringing in a midlands mining town and we discover how my approach to art has been shaped.
Immortalising in paint every humble scene from working class life, from hard graft to the budget glamour of the social club, my idea is to treat these images with the reverence of the portraits and paintings of the past yet still show the decline in this way of life.
Using a wide array of oil painting techniques, from the traditional waxes and glazes of indirect painting to more contemporary direct methods, I achieve images of depth and luminosity. The effect of light is most important to me and I use this to achieve a strong composition and make the painting glow.
Having such an interest in the techniques of oil painting from the renaissance period up to the early 1900's means I also am also very aware of classical subjects, and regularly complete studies after old master paintings.