Awards and exhibitions

I’ve been lucky enough to have won a few awards and been accepted into international exhibitions over the years.

Society of Graphic Fine Art: Dry Red Press Award – 2021
Wildlife Artist of the Year: Highly Commended – 2021
Wildlife Artist of the Year: Category Winner – 2019
Wildlife Artist of the Year finalist – 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018
Royal Society of Marine Artists – 2020
Society of Wildlife Artists – 2019, 2013, 2011, 2006
Marwell International Wildlife Art Society: Best Bird in Exhibition – 2011
Marwell International Wildlife Art Society: Best in Exhibition – 2010
Exmoor: Best in Exhibition – 2010

Present

A jobbing artist: After about 4 years painting and getting to know something about the art industry, I’ve had quite a bit of success. Sold lots of paintings, shown work in London exhibitions and had the great pleasure of working with some really nice people on commissions.

I’ve also learnt a huge amount as well. For example, failure is part of success. Not everything has gone to plan and if you get too affected by that, you’ll never succeed. Also, happiness is about the day to day life you lead right now, not an achievement for the future.

Here’s to more learning.

Starting work as an artist

9 April 2015

A new life starts with me giving up full time work and trying to make a living as an artist.

Escaping work to the life as an artist

2001 – 2015

General work years: I worked in Customer Services for a total of 14 years. Think rat race, management, policies, travel, money, late nights, all the usual exciting things associated with working life. I was lucky enough to be relatively successful though, which enabled me and my (ever supportive) wife Carol to save enough money to break free.

During these years, I entered many paintings into many exhibitions. I sold most of them, even winning an award or two. Although, I didn’t get much time to paint, I was building skills and confidence.

Example of my illustration work

1996 – 2001

For 5 years, I worked as a freelance illustrator doing paintings for various clients on both sides of the Atlantic, including Readers Digest, BBC Wildlife Magazine and New Holland Press.

This was a mixed time for me. I loved to paint but was finding the restrictive nature of the work difficult. The client would dictate much (if not all) of the creative process, meaning that there was little for me to do but paint the required image. As a result I stopped being an illustrator after five years.

Example of HND work

1991 – 1996

Over these years, I studied scientific illustration at Southampton Institute and Blackpool and the Fylde College of Art.

The image you see on the left was probably the most photographic work I’ve ever produced. and took weeks of work

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