2004 – 2017 Figurative Work: I was born in Shrewsbury, 1976 – the eldest of twin boys. It was one of the hottest and driest summers ever recorded in the UK. Being a son of a doctor and a nurse, I always felt I was in safe hands right from the start. My artistic flare may well have been passed down from my mother’s side. She was one of a family of ten children. Music and art was a central part of growing up in Dublin. My grandfather was from five generations of tailors and trained in Savile Row to become a Bespoke Tailor. He had three shops in Ireland one of which was in historical Kilmainham, Dublin. On my fathers side, my grandfather was an industrial designer and skilled draughtsman. Thus the fabric of the artist was woven!
I can remember drawing from an early age, and was first introduced to oil painting at Stonyhurst College, Lancashire. I revelled in the fact that I could make my indelible mark on my own canvas, just like the great painters before me. Hundreds of hours were spent in the “Art Room”, where I learnt many of my techniques I use today. I was given a great freedom in my art classes and achieved grade A’s in GCSE and A-level Art and Design. Moving to Birmingham, England, I successfully completed a BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design at Bournville Art College.
In 2002 I decided it was time to invest in myself and my artistic talent. I knew I wanted to create and I knew I had something to offer new into the art market. I dedicated my time into developing my own unique style.