With an all consuming passion for British Wildlife combined with quirky, dark, Northern sense of humour, the main subject of the painting is transformed from a natural pose into a completely obscure and unusual setting.
With a natural leaning towards the gothic genre which includes Victorian engines, optical and astronomical instruments and even Medieval inventions to add to the mix.
The paintings all tell a story, a very old fashioned way of painting, so each work can have several connotations, from Game birds alighting on pies to Hares transﬁxed by melancholia and chickens alluring foxes, all in a humorous framework. Perhaps stemming from a childhood mixture of Brer Rabbit, Jules Verne, Edgar Allen Poe and the Goons, with a splash of 1940’s ﬁlm noir and 60’s/70’s music.
Each painting is carefully researched for anatomical, historical and natural accuracy and ﬁnally worked using the ﬁnest quality oils suspended in distilled Walnut oil for added viscosity. A technique reminiscent of the Dutch Renaissance or traditional way of English painting not usually taught now in Art Schools. This method of painting lends itself ideally to the work. The great diversity of British Wildlife and the imagination of connecting birds and animals with unrelated objects and each other opens up endless possibilities for paintings.
The whole is brought together with the naming of the work……it’s all in the title.