Who we were as children, before we became utilitarian, is very much a part of all of us. It’s always there in our imaginations, and at those moments when we feel carefree and playful. When we expose those moments, it’s a powerful reminder of the child within each of us and the connection to our true selves, removing the layers we build around us in our adult lives.
These ideas underpin all my work, which explores the free-thinking nature of childhood, and children’s loose and beautiful ways of seeing and imagining the world. Avoiding grown-up rules and fixed realities, I paint to express moments of freedom that spark childhood feelings and bring back playful moments and memories. With each painting, I aim to achieve a balance between staying true to the purity of the source inspiration, and allowing my imagination to go further still.
I am constantly inspired by the thoughts, drawings and imaginations of my three children. My work also draws inspiration from my own childhood and spending time in the great outdoors of England, Scotland, Africa and the Far East, often with my trusty Shih-Tzu following close behind.
Below are a selection paintings with their source inspirations, I exhibits these inspirations alongside my work.
'Seaside View' inspired by my daughter’s drawing, age 7. She set her soft toy reindeer on her desk, added hair clips and jewels, and drew. She said "It's enjoying a seaside view on the edge of a cliff.
'Daddy Daughter Day' here my daughter is on an outing under the protective wing of her Daddy, first going shopping to buy some new clothes, then to go for lunch together in her favourite restaurant.
'Birds Tea Party' the birds went off to find nice things to bring back for their tea party, cakes and cupcakes and tea.