I studied Spatial Design in college in Newcastle which is a kind of hybrid subject between interior design and architecture. Indeed many of my classmates went on to study architecture, but I fell in to the world of the outdoors in my year out and never really looked back.
I do though still have a love for architecture and every so often return to that subject matter in my painting and when I lived in Brussels almost exclusively painted the architectural world. My other, and arguably stronger influence, is the world of the wild outdoors environment, the mountains and seas of the planet.
In my 20’s and 30’s I was so very very lucky to trek across much of the Himalaya, from Pakistan to Myanmar, a good chunk of the African continent, North America, Middle East, Central Asia and of course, home, the UK. So in many ways working as a postie in the Yorkshire Dales is a natural fit. Art however, is where it’s really at for me.