I was born in 1986 in Stockton-On-Tees, my parents where in the hospitality trade so I spent all my early childhood and most of my teen years living in Hotels & Restaurants. These hotels where often in the sticks and isolated. As a way to keep their son entertained my parents would often give me things to draw onto and colour in. They would normally find Menu’s with my drawings on. As I grew into my teens I was encouraged to follow my creative passion and at the age of 13 my parents backed my decision to study more creative GCSE’s so I opted to study Art, Graphic Design and Design Technology, by doing this it meant that I was losing an academic subject such as History or Geography. I remember teachers trying to change my mind however my choice with my parents backing proved to be the right decision as these were the subjects I excelled in.
College life was short and sweet; it opened my eyes to different styles & techniques. Practicing Photography using an SLR camera gave me key skills of identifying composition and the effects of light and dark. I depend heavily on these skills in my work and am thankful for everything I was taught. Once I gained my three A-Levels I opted to move to Leeds where I attended University to study Interior Architecture & Design. At the time I was thinking of my future and I seen this as a way to obtain a good career. During my time at University I continued to paint in my spare time experimenting with different methods. I found the University’s way of working to be a bit regimented which limited my creative freedom. There were times when I questioned if this was the right avenue for me to go down. After a lot of blood, sweat and Auto-Cad plans I graduated with my BA (hons) to the delight of my friends and family. For me however I still felt an empty feeling that there was something else I needed to do to satisfy my hunger for creativity. It was at this time I decided to concentrate all my efforts on painting and over the years spent my time practicing and perfecting my painting style. It was this sequence of events which led me to where I am today.
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