I am a self-taught artist, recently retired from my business UK Caricatures but continue to paint for my own pleasure. In a leisurely way, I am currently producing a collection of paintings of scenes along the River Wey with a view to exhibiting them as a collection when I have enough to do so.
I've been painting at home in Bookham near Leatherhead in Surrey since 1986, after a career as a cartographic draughtsman. All of my work was commissioned by businesses and private individuals. I work mainly in gouache watercolour, but I occasionally use graphite pencil and oils.
I rarely exhibit my work but have had one exhibition in Leatherhead Theatre, where 2 of my paintings were stolen! The first and only time it has happened at that venue in 25 years.
For the previous 25 years, I had been concentrating on producing 'caricature' or humorous portrait watercolour paintings for businesses around the UK. My 'caricatures' are NOT really caricatures in that I do not exaggerate the facial features of the person and they are not quick sketches or drawings.
My clients have always preferred to see the subjects being instantly recognisable. Each one takes me several days to complete so I DO NOT attend functions, weddings etc. where a quick sketch artist is required. I am happy to undertake a painting or drawing on any subject, providing a nice clear photo reference is supplied. Occasionally, if the photo/s are not of sufficient quality, I take the photographs myself, if it's feasible to do so.