Background as an artist?
My background is an interesting journey. When I was young I wanted to be an actor and tried unsuccessfully to get a place in a drama school. I moved from my home town in Bognor Regis to London and began to gain confidence through creativity workshops and some performance and acting work in various venues in central London. It was an exciting time of change for me and lead to an introduction to the Soka Gakkai International. This involves the practise of Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism. I have practised this since 1985.
I did some work in Tottenham Court road on the Comedy circuit and then went to Sydney Australia for a while where I worked with a Chinese Dance company doing improvised music in experimental improvisation dance sessions. I am now also involved in a project with two of my sons called AHTUF KONTROL
I also learnt a bit about working with masks and brought this back to the UK. Of course I was young and not brilliantly organised. I moved to Brighton in 1988 in view of doing workshops around mask performance work.
Family and Job
Then everything changed: I got a mortgage, bought a flat, met my wife and to support this worked at Royal Mail first as a postman then later as a manager.
Then 26 years later in 2013 on Xmas day I had a heart attack. During my recovery period I started drawing and much to my surprise started to make real progress with it.
I researched and self taught myself oil pastels and Watercolours but in October 2014 found oil painting. It’s been extraordinary. I feel that I have painted all of my life and constantly amaze myself at what I am painting.
Since October 2014 I have been building up expertise and working with other media. Whilst performing live as a musician I have also completed a number of acrylic on board pieces. I have found being out and about really encouraging and invigorating creatively.
I also exhibited in The Old Boat Community Centre Hollingbury for nearly a year. This was a great opportunity to see my work in the open and get feedback
Later in the year a couple of my works were exhibited in Lewes United fund raising exhibition
In December 2015 I had an exhibition at Taplow Court Taplow Court one of the national centres for Nichiren Buddhism as practised by the Soka Gakkai International.
August 2016 – Brighton Jubilee Library- My first solo exhibition for 10 days was a great success and led to many sales of prints and paintings and inspired me towards the launch of this site
October 2016 – An exhibition in Ramsgate with Nina Andrious a photographer at the Ramsgate Art Company
February 2017 – Jubilee Library a repeat exhibition of the one held in Ramsgate
March 2017 – NVT Theatre put on a play by Terence Rattigan and I painted pictures for the performances with an additional exhibition
In November 2015 I formed PTL Paintings and Framing. In February I had a training session with DIY Framing and in March secured a Studio at 42a Providence Place Brighton
Since then I have been framing work for artists and friends