It has been a while since my last post.. It’s been a period of personal growth.. –  disappointment and uncertainty have been a constant companion as I find my feet as an artist. I’m particular about my art, so being in a frame of mind where I’m unclear in my mind as to the next painting I want to undertake has hampered my progress somewhat. I’ve explored some new ideas and there is light at the end of tunnel. Some of the work I thought I’d start were canned a day or two into the process (several times..) What sometimes seemed a good concept one day became a thorn in the side the next, as I grappled with notions that it was not good enough.

It’s not easy to admit we’ve walked into a brick wall of sorts. It’s like having writers block, but not.. I’m confident in my ability as a painter, but I don’t want to paint a subject I don’t have an affinity with. The painting for me should elevate not only the viewers disposition toward the subject / painting but also gratify the artist.. Having looked at numerous artist’s work I revere, its apparent to me that they must have felt something similar – or at least that’s how it comes across to me. It shows in the work. Failure is important, as through that we learn.

In a previous post Influences / June 2015 – I talked about how eminent artists, influences can inspire. Whilst going through stumbling blocks and search for inspiration I’ve also been through a phase of intrigue for the photo-real, yet in this is also a process of change with wanting to convey neo-expressionistic sensibilities and abstraction. The style we work in can define our work, how and what we paint. I deduced that pattern and form play a huge role in what appeals visually, as it’s evident everywhere around us and comes into play irrefutably in painting. Deciding on a particular path can be daunting, and commitment to a particular style can stifle.. Exploration of paint and style are essential I think in awakening the aura of a work. These are some of the  transitions that play a role in an artists story of his paintings..


I started this site in order to showcase my paintings and share my views on fine art, what inspires me to paint and where possible to contribute, learn more, and also to utilise the site as a platform for my fine art in general. I have worked as a freelance commercial artist for just over thirty years, servicing the advertising industry – having worked on many different projects, encompassing various disciplines to create the artwork required. This has given me a good base as an artist.

Originally when I started out as a freelancer, much of the artwork was done the traditional way – using media like acrylics, inks (particularly for airbrushing), watercolours and various other media. occasionally I’d receive a commission to paint a subject for a client or ad agency that would involve painting in Oils or acrylics. Most projects were commercial and briefing was frequently ‘tight’ – always with the clients objectives in mind.

Once the digital ushered in, the advertising industry transitioned to the computer for creation of artwork and desktop publishing was born. I resisted at first, but a few years later had little choice but to join the digital community. The world-wide web also came into being and e-mails were replacing fax as a means to communicate. The rise of software applications like Adobe Photoshop also impacted hugely on editing of artwork and even the creation thereof.. 3D applications also came to the fore and subsequently the nature of artwork creation changed for me. As a freelancer – one had to be a ‘jack of all trades’ because I’d have to create artwork in so many forms. Examples would be digital illustration, vector art, graphic design in its various forms and also finished art. 3D modelling and rendering were also a huge part of my everyday workflow – having taken years to learn and become proficient in, was essential to the working pipeline.
My online commercial art portfolio

Now, many years down the line I’ve re-discovered my roots and being somewhat disenchanted with the industry due to being restricted by briefs from creatives at ad agencies, chasing after payments and the innate commercialism that comes with the advertising industry as a whole. I find painting therapeutic and creatively I can explore. The possibilities with paint and it’s challenges will be a lifelong pursuit to master.

As a realist painter, my work is moving toward the narrative genre. I’ve always loved work that explored the obscure undercurrents of the subject – what ‘draws’ the viewer in.. and thereby the viewer have an affinity with a work. I intend to show work that is original and inspired, always seeking to perfect the oeuvre..

– Updated 19 June ’15 –


This is my very first post on my new Fine Art site, and being a total newby to WordPress I’m having to find my way around – so bear with me.. Artist’s – particularly myself, am heavily influenced by other eminent artists. I guess it’s the benchmark for the level of creativity and competence they’ve attained. Painting is a natural thing for me, however I’m aware that it is an ongoing process to evolve and become better at it. Being a painter is more than the ability to paint, as the process requires the faculty to interpret visually what one sees. The power of seeing is an essential ingredient to the art of painting. This is acquired through knowledge of the subject matter. Paintings are ‘made’ through a cognitive and physical process. The power of influence can’t be understated as it can be a real factor for inspiration..

For me, the creation of an artwork is about capturing the essence of a subject, to explore the visual undertones.. The dedication and commitment and understanding of a subject is evident in the work of these ‘masters’ that inspire. There are several past masters and quite a few contemporary’s that have made an indelible impression on how and why I paint.

Past Masters:
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres | 1780 – 1867
Master of graceful line and painter of note.

Johannes Vermeer | 1632 – 1675
Master painter – particularly of light.

Diego Velazquez | 1599 – 1660
Master painter.

Giovanni Antonio Canal (called Canaletto) | 1697 – 1768
Master painter of city scenes – particularly scenes in Venice.

Pablo Picasso | 1881 – 1973
Master of abstraction.


Ray Harris~Ching
Master painter of wildlife.
Ray Harris~Ching on

Link to Rountree Tryon Galleries page for 'After the deluge'

‘After the deluge’ by Ray Harris~Ching. Pic from Rountree Tryon Galleries


John Meyer | 1942 –
Master of the ‘narrative genre’
John Meyer website

Link to

‘Late afternoon, Cambedoo’ by John Meyer. Pic from


Neil Rodger | 1941 – 2013
Master portraitist.
Neil Rodger – Everard Read Gallery | CT

Link to Everard Read Galleries page

‘Seated woman looking at the sea’ by Neil Rodger. Pic by Everard Read Gallery.


Daan Vermeulen | 1934 –
Master painter of landscapes.
Daan Vermeulen – Johans Borman site

Link to  Johans Borman Fine Art page for 'Near Mc Gregor'

‘Near Mc Gregor’ by Neil Rodger. Pic from Johans Borman Fine Art


Jeremy Lipking | 1975 –
Master painter.
Jeremy Lipking website

Link to for 'Danielle in kimono'

‘Danielle in Komono’ by Jeremy Lipking. Pic from


– Updated 19 June ’15 –

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