Artist Statement

I was born in Chester, England and grew up in North West England/North Wales where I attended English and Welsh schools.  My immediate family emigrated from the U.K. to the U.S.A. in my teen years. Once settled in Augusta, GA, I completed high school and earned my BFA at Augusta State University soon after. As a student at Augusta State University my passion for painting and drawing was truly recognized.  Feeling a change of scenery was needed I then moved for graduate studies to rural Radford, Virginia located among the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  While attending Radford University I continued to study painting and drawing and earned my MFA.  While living in the small mountain town I recognized the similarities between the topography of Appalachia and the rolling hills of North Wales, which became a predominate theme in my early paintings.

I have been teaching Art courses at Augusta State University (now Augusta University) since 2006. As well as teaching, I exhibit regularly, mostly in the southeastern United States including Georgia, Virginia, Washington, D.C, Florida and South Carolina, and am active in the local Augusta art community.  My work is heavily focused around experiences in both Great Britain and the landscape of the Deep South, creating large nostalgic oil paintings, melding both regions into loose autobiographical narratives. I am also a keen painter of the nude figure, which I attribute to my mentor and friend Philip Morsberger (a former Ruskin Master of Drawing at Oxford University), Lucian Freud, Euan Uglow, Manet, and The California Bay Area Figurative Painters (notably Richard Diebenkorn and Elmar Bischoff).

My current work explores the theme of identity, the psychology of the self, and dealing/living with social anxiety and depression while raising a child in a world that is self-destructing from increasing social/political divides, a global pandemic, and capitalism. In my most recent solo exhibition BE CAREFUL OF THE ANTS: Reinvention and the ART of Plodding Along, I loosely depicted myself as three Greek statues: An Archaic Kouros, the Hellenistic Seated Boxer, and the Classical Spear Bearer (Doryphoros of Polykleitos). Speaking from the perspective of a parent, rather than a warrior or athlete, I am borrowing the ancient Greek cultural values of what it means to be a hero, but presenting them in a vulnerable and flawed state (a parent managing social anxiety and depression).

Although oil paint is my preferred medium, I like to experiment and work with other media such as printmaking and water based media and often use collage applications to achieve a final result. As an art lecturer I enjoy and appreciate the vibrant peer teaching community that comes from working in an academic learning environment. Honest critiques are critical for learning, creating and challenging oneself as an artist, no matter which stage of your art practice.