I have painted all my life, but my background is not artistic. I studied first in the hard sciences, later in engineering. My day job is technical, but unrelated to my qualifications and to my artistic practice. I have some formal art education.
A single painting can take a couple of years from first thoughts to finished article, though most ideas don't make it all the way. My sketch books contain far more writing than drawing.
I live and work in Sheffield, England.
I see myself as a conceptual painter. The ideas behind my pieces are as important as the images themselves.
My work aims to engage first visually, then intellectually. Small pieces often present a single distilled concept; larger ones are meshes of clues, connections, messages and meanings.
Though elements are easy to understand, every piece should have its secrets, being ambiguous enough to bear the weight of the viewer's interpretation.