elma with james and sarah on cromer beach
Oil - 95cm x 73cm
a stellar nursery 9000 light years from earth where new stars are born
Oil - 79cm x 110cm
canal in winter, gunton park
Oil - 74 x 100cm
new landscape, museum of modern art edinburgh
Oil - 75 x 100cm
Born in Norwich 1929.
Attended the City of Norwich School 1940-47.
National Service 1947-49.
Studied Architecture and Planning at Liverpool University; B.Arch. 1954 , Master of Civic Design 1955. ARIBA, MRTPI.
Worked in the London County Council and the Greater London Council 1955 – 1981. Until 1973 designed the Council’s special works buildings, including fire and ambulance stations, old people’s homes, magistrates courts and engineering buildings such as pumping and refuse transfer stations, Architectural project leader for the Thames Barrier. Also from 1963 – 1971 responsible for strategic Civic Design of NE London including the initiation of Docklands development, the Lee Valley Regional Park and the environmental issues of the urban road programme. 1973 – 1981 Divisional Housing Architect.
I have been painting since 1981 starting with part-time study at Putney Art School; returned to Norfolk in 1988. part-time study at Norwich Art School. Member of the 20 Group since 1991.
Initially I concentrated on painting groups of people and portraits to avoid the pitfall of using architecttural presentation techniques, but recently I have been painting architecture and landscape subjects. During 2008/09 I began exploring some of the exceptional images from the Hubble space telescope. This opened up the possibility of painting seeming abstracts although based on real fundamental cosmic processes such as the creation of stars in the so-called star nursery “The Triffid Nebula” – processes which invoke vast cosmic clouds resolving into sophisiticated rational structures and specific physical forms.