His interest in nature, particulaly waterways (he grew up on Englands N.E.coast) and in people (my job entailed the study of facial expression ) inspired him to go outside and study the effects of light on water and also to intensify his love of portraiture. To this end, he sought out established painters and was lucky to receive personal tuition in Life Drawing (Rachel Clark, London) Portraiture (Andy James, Tunbridge Wells) traditional Landscape Painting (Martin Kinnear-Norfolk School of Oil Painting) and valuable coaching in the use acrylic paints by the late Mitch Waite (Nice). In addition, he spent a delightful July in 2014 at the Lavender Hill Studios in London, gaining insight into the atelier approach to portraiture.
Anything can inspire him to paint, though the subject will determine whether he employes oil paints, acrylics, oil- or soft-pastels, the latter being every bit as good as oils for rendering atmosphere in a picture. Watercolours too find use when he is making outdoor colour notes or sketches, as do colour pencils. A new found love for Cornwall and its coastline has influenced his recent work, possibly inspired by his early roots in the UK.