Celebrating the Integrity of Nature
Nature has been a significant influence on my life. I spent much of my childhood enjoying the countryside and wildlife of East Anglia. And throughout my life, I’ve also been driven to question just how and why things happen …….and indeed to being creative and making things happen, whether through painting and drawing or by helping people find fulfilment in their lives or, just lately, through experimenting with the art of glass fusing and working with transparent Frit. Hence my careers as artist; as family therapist and leadership training, and more recently in the nature of glass fusing!
Having left school by the age of 16, I spent several years studying classical art at the renowned Florentine studio of Nerina Simi in the tradition of the great masters. After spending a while at the Parisian Academy of the Impressionists, I ventured further afield to develop my artistic skills amidst the tribal peoples of Southern Africa. In my mid twenties I finally returned to East Anglia to exhibit, teach and undertake portrait commissions, where I settled down and raised my family.
Over the years, I attended theological college and trained in family and individual psychotherapy, leading to the setting up of resources that enable people of all ages and circumstances to find meaning and purpose in their lives, and overcome obstacles that prevent them from realising their true potential.
At the turn of the century my pastoral interests led me to the Brecon Beacons in South Wales and ultimately to the Wye Valley, where I rediscovered my passion for art, and once again have taken up pencil and paint brush. More recently however, I’ve discovered an enjoyment for working with transparent glass. Much of the creative process of warm glass fusing takes place within the kiln. It is this interplay of the nature of the glass, with its potential and limits that present the real challenge with what finally emerges from the kiln.
Since settling in Wales I’ve enjoyed learning about the amazing riches of arboreal species amidst the forests of Dean, Wentwood and Westonbirt. Their wonderfully expressive humanoid nature, each with a personality telling their own unique story. I particularly enjoy expressing my Christian faith and interpreting biblical narrative through meaningful shapes amidst the olive groves and vineyards of Tuscany that continue to be a source of great inspiration to me.
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