I am self taught having developed my techniques & style over the past 3 decades. I began as the editorial cartoonist for a London based weekly magazine in 1984 & moved on to hand painted clothing in the 1990's, and now I paint mostly non-representational abstract art and abstract landscape on canvas.
My inspiration to paint is a mystery to myself. Other than a resolve to endure the agonies of an visually imperfect canvas, when the artpiece is in its infancy, whilst endeavouring to labour toward a finished artwork of intrique and beauty - an artwork that is pleasing to the eye. I utilise the 'accidental' as a starting point. Then work towards a painting that finds a visual balance. So inspiration, or motive to action, does require a mixing of a complexity of colour, where the once hidden gets partially revealed, again during the process ... I have always enjoyed metaphor, where the depth of an idea is revealed thru an abstraction. And I do entertain an intrigue of the spiritual, that is, the nature of the self, that somehow infuses my paintings to imbue a feeling of lightness and a visual intrique to look deeper.
So while for me there is a drive to finish a painting to a state of pictorial balance, where perfection alas! remains out of reach; yet where the painting attains a quality that resonates with archetypal subtlety to the enjoyment of the senses. William Blake said that “a fool who persists in his folly will become wise ” , and I subscribe to that idea to persist until the painting becomes its own entity ... complete in itself.