I paint in a style I call `magical realism`. What does that mean?
Well, my paintings have the semblance of photographs and yet they are not. The colours are just that little bit too vibrant, the composition dreamlike in intensity. The magic comes from the interface between painting and viewer. I`m looking for you to suspend your disbelief - and become absorbed by the alternative reality on the canvas.
Richard Estes` sublime photorealist cityscapes first had me hooked. I work by taking loads of digital photos on my i-phone, then play around with them in the studio, often changing the composition, the lighting, even moving buildings and people around until it looks right. The next step is to project the image onto canvas which gives me a speedy way of laying out the base drawing. Then its often a layer of acrylic paint to put down the basic tonal areas quickly. But oils from then on. Often many different layers and glazes.
I have lived in Tokyo, Japan for over 20 years and much of my inspiration comes from the sights, colours and culture of this magical country. Cityscapes are my first love and obsession.
I have exhibited at London`s prestigious Royal Academy (2012 Summer Exhibition) and in solo exhibitions in Japan (Tokyo American Club`s Frederick Harris Gallery).
I paint by commission for clients all over the world. And not just cityscapes! By clicking on the subheads to the `portraits` and `golf` pages you can get an idea of the process and of my pricing.
If you are interested in a commission, please use the feedback form and I will get back to you promptly.