I like to
enjoy my artwork, and I hope I bring enjoyment to others through it. I find
that I am happiest when I create pictures that tell a story, or which are part
of a larger narrative. If I can make someone smile after viewing one of my
pictures, then I am content. Even when I create an artwork according to someone
else's brief, or to go with Gospel and Catechism passages, usually a sense of
light-heartedness seeps through.
humour, imagination and detail are all features of my pictures. My favourite
medium is ink and watercolour, although I also enjoy ink and coloured pencil - and using the drawing tablet connected to my computer for animation work.
Some of my
art has been framed and exhibited in galleries; some of it can be found
illustrating blog-posts; and some of it has been made into greeting cards,
calendars and bookmarks. I hope that soon some of it will be found illustrating
books for children of all ages; and especially 'The Platoon - Adventures in
Afriberja', a middle-grade novel which I have written.
Previous Artist Statement A
In my art I try to produce a pleasing image that will tell a story, explain a concept or illustrate reality. With each artwork I find new ways of expressing myself, develop my existing skills and often experiment with new ideas.
My inspiration largely comes from life experiences, television documentaries and especially from my imagination.
I like to draw. In fact, if I was stuck in a place where I could only take one pastime I would take my drawing equipment in preference to Lego, Meccano, matchbox cars and story writing.
I like to draw mechanically elegant things like locomotives, machines and boats; as well as characters, settings and scenes from my own stories or from stories that have captured my imagination (eg Dr Who).
My favourite creative mediums are pen, watercolour paints and pencils, coloured pencils and drawing software (Microsoft Paint). Of these mediums, the one I favour most is the humble pen because it is excellent for detail - giving clearer and crisper lines than pencil, and because it allows me to express my thoughts fully and expediently.
Previous Artist Statement B
Art gives me a way to express my ideas and release the artistic mind within. For me the creation of art starts with nurturing the seed of an idea at the beginning, and ending with a blossoming flower of creativity.
My inspiration is derived from one of three sources:
The first source is the world around me. From this I take an aspect of daily life.
My second form of inspiration comes from the "World of Televised Information", otherwise known as the humble television set. If the programme I am watching is intriguing I will look at my third source, if I need to, and after I have gathered enough information I will start to put my ideas on paper. If I have enough pictures I might draw them on the computer.
My third and final source of inspiration is the "World of Electronic Information" a.k.a. the Internet, which I only use if I wish to know more about a subject I am drawing.
My subject matter falls into several broad categories:
Trains and transport vehicles. Absorbing my father's interest in railway history and model trains has given me many happy hours drawing them. Imagining my own railway characters and detailed locations for them is a recurrent subject. Ocean liners, tanks, cars, and aircraft also feature greatly.
Fictional characters. Transformers, Astro Boy, Yo Gabba Gabba, Captain Scarlet and others have all been represented in my drawings.
Religious themes. In recent times I have been experimenting with images inspired by Bible passages.
Special requests. When I am called upon to produce my own Thank You cards and images for special purposes, and move outside my own comfort zone.
The medium I use most is ink and coloured pencil. To a lesser degree I use Paint on
the computer. Intricate detail and close observation are characteristic of my work.
ABN 80 067 382 437 Last updated 5 Dec 2013, previously updated 26 Nov 2013. All images shown have been compressed.