Ben was born in 1986 and grew up in Barnet, North London. He always had a keen interest in art ever since his grandfather introduced him to the work of John Varley, the renowned 18th Century watercolour artist, as the Varley's are related to the Jeffery family.
He first realised he wanted to be an artist in secondary school. Ben would often have bets with a few of his classmates to see who could draw the best portrait of someone. He really enjoyed going to school and showing them his creations so he could see their reactions. He painted a portrait of his dad for a mock GCSE which got admired by the entire art class.
He continued to study Art to degree level. He received a lot of guidance and advice throughout the years but his technique is mostly self taught. When studying Art at College and University, he was mainly left to his own devises. He was given a subject and asked to come up with a portfolio of work and to develop an idea to a few final images. Teachers didn't teach him techniques, which meant he had to learn these on his own.
Ben has always wanted to paint with oils and came up with colourful detailed paintings, this wasn't always well received by his tutors, but his classmates were always quite impressed with what Ben came up with. It was then that he picked up methods and techniques to get the mark he wanted with oil paints. Its a case of trial and error a lot of the time, trying new ways of controlling the paint, from there his style has evolved.
A lot of the time a painting evolves as he is painting it. Ben always has a basic composition in mind but he lets the brush come up with the shapes and he chooses colours almost on the spot. Other times he sees an image in his head and quickly sketches it out.
He normally works in two stages: he first paints the entire canvas in base colours. After it has dried, he paints a second layer, adding more and more detail. After he finishes a painting, he leaves it a day or so before looking at it again, this helps Ben pick up on areas that need changing.
His work is fairly diverse, ranging from portraits to landscapes, in both pencil and oils. He loves working with vivid, bright colours to create a unique and modern style. He is huge Sci-fi movie fan and he loves special effects.
There was a time after he finished University when he wanted to be a concept artist for films and video games. Ben tried digital painting and got very good results, but paint just has a depth and feel that can't be beaten.
Ben also gets a lot of inspiration from views around him. his parents have a house in the Herefordshire countryside and one on the Isle of Harris and both have stunning views which constantly give him ideas and inspiration.