An artist with a passion for painting Italy
Now in my 70th year, with over 30 years as a professional artist I still have a passion for painting and travel feeds that need. It provides me with my inspiration. Having explored Europe, especially Italy and especially Venice, I feel I have a special affinity with Italy, the architecture in Venice and Rome is second to none. At first I was reluctant to paint Venice as so many artists for centuries have done, but arriving in the early morning mist and approaching the Grand Canal approximately 30 years ago immediately dispelled that doubt. The grand monuments, the countless narrow byways and canals, transformed by the light creating luminous colours, are instantly inspiring.
Painting further afield
Other ventures have taken me to Cuba, Thailand, Egypt and Israel. I once retraced my grandmother Dorothy Groome’s footsteps to the Holy Land. She was a photographer travelling from England to Ephesus and eventually through Israel on horseback arriving at the Giza pyramids in about 1908. My grandparents on both sides of the family were artistic and I seem to be the one to carry on the tradition. My journeys, armed with sketch pads and cameras, have helped me to capture the atmosphere and diverse nature of all these places in oils, pastels or watercolours.
I would also like to fit Africa into my itinerary. Myself and my wife Elaine are involved with the Open Arms Orphanages in Malawi so maybe a visit there and to Tanzania could be on the cards. Zanzibar is a place that I would love to return to, along with another trip to Cuba, especially Havana to see the changes that have taken place.
Changing my painting style
My work has turned many corners in the last 30 years or so. If I held a retrospective it could quite possibly appear to be the work of three different artists as my work has grown and changed over the decades. However my work and style have, I believe, become instantly recognisable over the last 20 years and I have built up a large following of collectors, especially in the North of England, London and other parts of the country and overseas.