I’ve been drawing ever since I was old enough to stand upright, hold a marker pen in my right fist and scrawl Indians and Dinosaurs on the pock marked plaster walls of the family home.
So why the early childhood fixation with Indians and Dinosaurs?
I’m not entirely sure but I strongly suspect it had something to do with feathers and teeth, which is probably why I’m always trying to make my artwork bite and tickle at the same time.
When it comes to the question of ‘influences’ I have to say that’s a difficult one to answer because there really is, though a great many artists I admire, no one in particular. I’m highly eclectic and take a great interest in all the visual arts having experimented with quite a few different disciplines over the years including painting, illustration, sculpture, photography, story boarding and animation. But drawing was always my first love and remains my one true home.
For inspiration I draw upon a diverse medley of sources, particularly vintage cover and interior illustration from old pulp magazines and paperbacks, comics, cartoons, and music albums. Also fairground, pinball, psychedelic, pin up and poster art to name but a few. The so-called ‘Art of the Vulgar’ is, for me, a lavish and magical whurlitzer palace that holds a particular fascination with its bright exciting primary coloured exuberance, playful vitality and endless law breaking imagination.
And speaking of ‘unhealthy obsessions’… on the ‘fine art’ side of the fence I tend toward a particular attraction for Art Nouveau, Surrealism, Japanese wood block prints and Pop Art for exactly the same reasons!
All of these sources I draw together into the fusion point of my own continually evolving vision and style.
I hope you enjoy viewing my artworks as much as I enjoy creating them.
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