Favorite material to work with? Acrylic on paper
What themes do you pursue? I work from my imagination most of the time. I never paint exactly what is in front of me. The subject I paint can be influenced by news events or just the way I’m feeling on a particular day. Even if a piece starts off as a drawing from a life drawing session as in the series of nudes I did a couple of years ago, the final painting will be much different from what I was seeing.
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How many years as an artist?
I knew what I wanted to be from the age of seven. I have been a professional designer/painter/illustrator for over 40 years.
Sketchbook? Do you use one? What type? Yes, I have been using a sketch book or journal from the first day I start art school. Six years ago W.W. Norton & Co., a New York & London based publisher published a coffee table book of my journals.
Most important tool you use? My brain, I hope.
Where is your studio? Battersea, near Battersea Park.
What was the best advice given to you as an artist? From myself on a regular basis, “Keep your ego out of your work”.
Why do you make art? I need to make art. It’s something in my DNA. I don’t feel right unless I’m creating something.
Art school or self-taught? Art school. I graduated from the Art Center College of Design Los Angeles. ( Now in Pasadena ).
Favorite font? Favorite serif font is Requiem, favorite san serif is Gotham.
Prefer to work with music or in silence? Must have music while I’m working.
iTunes, spotify, records? itunes, extensive, eclectic library.
Succulents or cigarettes? I gave up cigarettes 25 years ago.
What’s around the corner from your place? Battersae Dog & Cat home.
Where can we find you outside the studio? Cinema, museum, gallery, restaurant the usual places.
If you couldn’t be an artist, what would you do? Musician.
Day job? Graphic designer / artist.
Food or sleep? Love food.
Would you rather be able to make a living as an artist now or become famous after you die? Make a living as an artist.
Were you popular in high school? Yes, I got along with everyone because I could draw. From the tough guys to the goodie, goodie students wanted me to draw something on their notebook covers.
Would you rather see your art on a t-shirt or on a billboard? Billboard.
Would you ever figure model naked? No.
Traditional or conceptual? A bit of both.
A piece of art you love? Hylas and the Nymphs by John William Waterhouse.
Use anything other than paint? Sometimes found objects, ink, pencil, crayon, gold leaf.
Oil or acrylic? Acrylic.
Figurative or abstract? Both.
Representational or Surreal? Both.
Is painting dead? Never.
What do you wear while you paint? Jeans and t-shirt.
Painting Inside or Outside? Inside.
Monet or Manet? Monet