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 wasn’t the best at reaching out for support and also found rejection very hard.
Of course most people do. I moved from my home town in Bognor Regis to London and met the practise of Nichiren Buddhism and the Soka Gakkai International.SGI-UK I was involved in a big show at the Hammersmith Odeon about Alice in Wonderland and this gave me confidence to have another go at challenging deep feelings of rejection.
Anyhow I ended up doing 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 improv dance sessions.
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.
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