I have been interested in painting since I can remember, and from a young age enjoyed painting and drawing. After four years at design college then university I never really found my true direction in painting, and soon after leaving college I started a career as a musician for a number of years. During this time painting was mostly a hobby for me.
In 2004 I left my job at the time where I was working as a delivery driver and began concentrating more seriously on painting as a profession. Originally born in South Shields I now live in Burnopfield where I work from home. My previous work mostly involved painting landscapes of Northumberland and Cumbria as well as some figurative work. Now my work has progressed into painting people in landscapes, mainly cityscapes and the relationship between them.
I hope to achieve paintings that move the viewer emotionally and to create work with a soul and purpose. I am inspired by many different influences new and old. Mainly Rembrant, Vermeer, Turner, Manet, Singer, Sargent and Hopper.
Film is also a major influence on my work, visually inspiring directors such as Ridley Scott, Michael Mann, David Lynch and Joe Wright. Music is also a very important contributor to my work and some paintings have been influenced by certain pieces of music or songs.