This is how mine started.x
June 1993, Went to buy a print in an framing / Art shop for my new home in Olney Buckinghamshire, came out with a Canvas, watercolour brushes and oil paint and a small book on Vincent Van Gogh.
(Never read the words, I just looked at the pictures, still haven't read the words)
Copied Straw Hat.
September 1993 sold my first ever painting that I had ever Painted of Van Gogh in straw hat in eight minutes for £180.00 a weeks wage back then.
'Remember thinking "God that was easy" but never gave my night job up!
The lady that bought it had no idea who it was, she said "it looked just like her husband and it now sits in her hallway".
Her husband is the Manager of the photo copier company XEROX.
It inspired me to keep painting.
****Until walking in the print shop, I had never thought about art at all****.
Painted on and off till 1997.
Dropped my brushes in October 1997 due to a curator pissing me off at a Submission to her open exhibition, She told me that I couldn't submit my Diana painting as Diana had just died and she was an Icon! I told her that It was an Open exhibiton and it was down to the selection panel, she never let me enter the building with it, she had greeted me in the car park whilst she was waiting for the artists to arrive, I told her to stick her Gallery up her Arse (silly cow) and churned up the gravel, left her in a cloud of dust.
The coverage of Marcus Harvey's The Myra Hindley portrait made up of children's hand prints was all too much, how could a Artist do such a thing?
Especially a prick from Leeds, just a few miles away from where Hindley and Brady Murdered those poor children on the moors.
I Totally went against art, artists, dealers and Galleries and all it stood for.
It was in my opinion about filling the buildings with the most shocking work as a money spinner.
Yes Art It is a business, but please!
I never intended to paint again.
December 2006, Picked up my brushes once again as I Lost my partner in an accident and turned to my art for Mental stability and inner light/peace rather than medication.
April the 14th Opened my own Art Gallery and showed my entire collection of 200 art works in seven Gallery rooms.
It was always my life Dream / ambition to show my work for the 1st time in my own Gallery.
December 28th 2006- 27th September 2008 Painted over 180 paintings, and 1000's of Photographs.
2008 Created three on-line networks for the Art Communities to Network for free and meet and greet each other, pulling the Art Network CLOSER TOGETHER AS ONE.
My Theory on Art is that Art is a magnetic force from out ta space, IT IS AN ENERGY that finds our Frontal Cortex and it then it is turned in to thought.
I guess that what 'WE' call Art has a different name altogether, I call it a Magnetic Moment.
My work is not Art, well it is to all you Arty people.
My work is a Magnetic Moment, Magnetic Energy.
I would call it a frustrated energy, but it is never a negative energy as I refuse to paint when I am down.