My work has developed from a long-standing preoccupation with purely abstract themes to one that allows and increasingly welcomes references to natural and organic forms. The earlier purist has conceded that the imaginative net has to be cast far wider. Perhaps the move to rural Norfolk has played its part in this reorientation.

I am now exploring not only the interplay between man-made structures and natural elements but investigating how the ephemeral effects of light on earth and water interact at all times of night and day. More recently figurative ideas, in a literal sense, are emerging, not through any conscious effort on my part; they just invite themselves.

I studied Fine Art at Newcastle University where I spent four years in the 1960s under the influence of Richard Hamilton, Eduardo Paolozzi, Terry Frost and, on short visits, of David Hockney. My real influences, however, went well beyond the Pop Art scene of the time. A major inspiration was the vibrancy of German Expressionism. Some of this possibly still echoes in my work, especially in the colour range of my palette.

Since then I have worked in a number of additional media such as photography, film and video, screen printing and digital media. Teaching has been a full time occupation since those early days and it is only now that I am able to apply a more concentrated creative approach.



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