I have always been fascinated by insects and since I started painting them I have learned a lot. Over 75% of living creatures are insects and they are absolutely vital to the eco-system of our planet.
I have painted huge black beetles from Indonesia, cicadas from Thailand and vivid blue weevils from the Congo.
But I also love painting the less exotic, insects found on windowsills or in dusty corners of our homes: fierce yellow and black masked wasps or tragic furry bumble bees.
Even ordinary house flies caught in sunlight have wonderful complicated shadows which reflect how I feel about all insects. They may be small and we may dislike them coming into our houses, but their loss will cast a very long shadow indeed over our future.
Perhaps my paintings will persuade people to look again at the creatures who share our lives. And maybe think twice before swatting them!
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I've continued to produce artwork since I left Swindon College of art in 1990. I like to set myself projects and try to meander around a theme. These can be either personal or observational but recently they have focused around memory and the natural fading and adjustments that occur.
The latest paintings are of contrasting themes of fear and serenity. Those tense, back of the mind, moments when one decides to take a short cut through an alleyway or back road as opposed to the serene and humbling appreciation of a beautiful sky: the clouds' hues almost blending into the background.
Another project I am continuing to work on has a more illustrative approach. Which is to create paintings to music, chosen simply because it stirs any direction of emotion in me and hopefully resonates with the viewer.
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