"the norfolk and suffolk landscape, both coastal and inland, holds an irresistible fascination for me and I am inspired to capture this inexhaustible source of inspiration in my paintings"
My work is inspired by the love of the Waveney Valley, bordering the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, particularly the river valley at Earsham and Bungay, and the inexhaustible variety of coastal scenery at places like Dunwich and Covehithe - areas I have known all my life.
Working in oil on canvas, I have a grounding in traditional landscape painting while my current output sees me developing my personal style using paint manipulation techniques such as dripping, blotting and splattering. This spontaneous way of working embraces my love of the spirit of chance and randomness - seize the happy accident!
My 30 year history in graphic design, photography and illustration manifests itself in the way that I frame and develop each piece, with a tightly designed final image and details sometimes picked out in gold leaf giving a decorative twist.
Many of my working methods were developed while studying at Wimbledon School of Art and Kingston University, including a love of printmaking which I also incorporate in my work.
The final paintings are mounted in my own hand-made wooden frames and, as I feel it is important to offer a ‘complete Artbear experience’, all my promotional material and publicity is produced in house.
In addition to working as an artist (as Artbear), I am also a photographer, illustrator and graphic designer as well as an electronic music composer and recording artist (under the name of Sineflesh.)
I hope you get as much enjoyment from my work as I did creating it!