Harold Riley, a friend of L S Lowry, ran a class for kids from Salford and I was one of those kids. I went to art college, but didn’t quite fit the art scene at that time. So I trained to be a psychologist. I’m now retired.
From 2005 I got serious about art, joined a life-drawing group, a portrait circle, and started an urban sketchers’ group. My special passion is portraiture. I have taught portrait workshops at Malvern St James High School, and elsewhere do portrait demonstrations, tuition groups and commissions.
In portraiture, there’s a tension between visible brush strokes of definite colour and the character whose image emerges. For me it's about looking, and converting what I see into marks with paint, or any medium, to create an illusion of the reality of the person in front of me.
I read voraciously about art and artists. I’ve gained some ‘golden nuggets’ about techniques and ideas, and I feel good if I can pass these on.
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