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Developed over the years, continually developing and evolving. Quite often people will see work that’s been made a couple of years apart and one will be unrecognisable against the other. I’m not an artist who can factory produce paintings. Some artists can do it and that’s great for them but it bores me senseless. I am always trying to excite myself with my painting. But you can only really do that by finding new ways of making marks.


mediums are, they do tend to be slightly one dimensional. Mixing design and collage gets unexpected results. I would be bored senseless if I knew how a painting was going to finish at the start. Not knowing how a painting will finish gets me up in the morning.


Was this a style you came out of college with or has it been something you have developed over the years?


68 | ukhandmade | Spring 2011


Can you tell us about your gallery “Out Of The Blue”? I opened a tiny gallery in Penzance with some friends when I was 25 and a friend of mine, Peter O’Neil had opened a gallery named “Out Of The Blue”. He was looking to move on so I took it over and for 5 years ran it whilst painting, but not really selling much of my own work. But then, my work took off and I moved to my studio. My children weren’t so small anymore so my wife, Kerry took over.


How did you end up travelling around the country painting beaches? I’ve always had a bit of wanderlust and don’t like being in one place too long. I bought a camper van and wanted an excuse to explore the country more. I came up with the idea of painting 180 locations around the English Coast line. I knew I would end up with 180 small studies so I decided to auction them for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).


Living by the sea, the RNLI is very close to my heart, especially because I was 12 when the Solomon Browne went down which devastated Newlyn. I had friends in school whose fathers were part of the lost crew and my best friend is coxswain of the new lifeboat. I’ve managed to raise £22,000 so far.


Do you have any other creative outlets or passions that don’t involve painting? I Love music, I play guitar and tennis.


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