I began my professional career, not as an artist, but as a theatre director at the Oxford Playhouse – working with Judi Dench, Ian McKellan, Ian McShane, Leonard Rossiter, Janet Suzman and many others. From there I moved to the BBC in Manchester, producing and directing TV drama. My last BBC drama-documentary featured Helena Bonham Carter as a young Beatrix Potter. This programme won gold medal at the New York Television Festival in 1992.
My art began therefore in the theatre, where I designed my own sets and costumes. During my time in television I continued a parallel interest in art, managing (in my spare time!) at least one show a year. These included exhibitions at The Brewery (Kendal) and at Brantwood, John Ruskin’s house on Lake Coniston.
I left television (BBC/Granada) in 2000 and taught media production at the Cumbria Institute of the Arts. During my time in Carlisle I became External Examiner at the Edinburgh College of Art and at Glasgow University. At CIA I was able to collaborate on a number of student productions, primarily designing stage sets.
I left Carlisle in 2006 and for the last ten years I have been living abroad – in France (Carcassonne) and later Greece (Corfu) where I have been able to develop more freely both my art and my writing (stage plays/crime fiction). My work has been shown in Manchester, Newcastle (Biscuit Factory), London, Venice, Carcassonne (SW France), Corfu, Athens and Thessaloniki.
While I do not consider myself a landscape painter, the natural world informs my work as a Surrealist. I also devise and construct three-dimensional dioramas – a throw back, perhaps, to my stage experience.
My preferred media are pencil, charcoal and gouache, liquid graphite – with an occasional dip into acrylic. The practitioners I most admire are (currently) Oldrich Kulhanek; Gerard Gachet (who works in biro!) and Juri Anderle plus the films (and art) of Peter Greenaway.