I have worked as a graphic designer, either running my own studios or working freelance, for over 30 years. Kick-started by a daily drawing project I began on New Year’s Day in 2018, and being now semi-retired, I enjoy spending more time drawing and painting. In September 2020 I made my 1,000th daily sketch and have taken a break from the commitment of a daily drawing to concentrate on more involved projects. I still mostly draw every-day things in pen & ink and coloured pencil but am also now devoting more time to oil painting and portraiture.
In 2018 one of my daily sketches, an ordinary kitchen grater, was accepted into the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, and in July 2019 I had a solo exhibition, ‘365 Days and Counting’, at Hemingway Art, in Cassington, Oxford, featuring the 365 black and white drawings made in 2018 and other work.
In 2020 a portrait of friends, painted for their 50th Wedding anniversary, made it through the first round of judging for the BP Portrait Award, and I was delighted to take part in the Portraits for NHS Heroes initiative, started by talented local portrait artist Tom Croft, with a portrait of Lauren, a trainee paramedic and emergency ambulance driver, which appeared in both the online exhibition and book.
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