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I am an artist born, bred and living in London. My speciality is painting building and street scene portraits ranging from superb palaces to modest suburban terraces. I work exclusively with pen and watercolour. I love to spend my time painting portraits of cafes, houses, pubs, churches, shops and street scenes. I prefer to work on location whenever I can. That way I can capture that elusive detail and atmosphere that I love to convey in my paintings. My portraits have been taken to America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Hungary and Malta as well as here in the UK.
Education   As an artist I am totally self-taught. However, the education that allows me to compose my building portraits stems from my previous career in construction project management. For many years, on drawing boards and on sites, buildings have been my life. I know how they develop piece by piece from a hole in the ground. I know how they are constructed and how they fit together. This knowledge has proved invaluable for my building portraits. Through observation, composition, concentration and colour mixing my education never stops.
Selected Commissions   I have been commissioned by The National Trust for paintings of the current 18th century Osterley House and Outbuildings in Middlesex. Following these commissions, I was asked to work with The Trust to develop a painting that would suggest how the original 16th century Tudor House may have looked before it was unfortunately demolished to make way for the present 18th century structure. The only information available from that time was a copy of a very primitive drawing dating back to 1638. The painting is now shown during tours of the House.  
I have been commissioned by The Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust to paint scenes of Harefield village. The paintings are on permanent display in consulting rooms of the cardiac unit of the famous Harefield Heart Hospital in Middlesex.
Group Exhibitions   I exhibit extensively throughout the year with Richmond Art Society in Surrey and Ealing Art Group (of which I am chairman) in West London.  
My work is permanently on exhibition at The State of The Art Gallery, 9 Portobello Green Arcade, 281 Portobello Road, London W10 5TZ.  
In June 2006, my work has also been shown in “London, a Portrait of the Capital” exhibition at the West-Eleven Gallery, Powis Terrace, Notting Hill, London W11 1JH.
Artist's Statement   I consider that an original portrait of your home or business should be a beautiful work of art for you to enjoy. It is special and unique. I not only try to describe the building’s own architectural character but it is also very important to include my clients requests for what should be shown or left out.

Statement      After being given a portrait commission, I visit the property or scene with my client. I then discuss with my client the most favourable composition, including orientation for shadows, and any requirements he or she may have for specific items to be included, excluded or moved around.  
We then agree a brief and timescale, which I prefer to confirm in writing. If requested, I will provide a sketch for my client before I begin work on the actual portrait.  
With building portraits, there is no substitute to working right there in front of the subject. I like to work on location wherever I can. But this is not always possible and depends on such things as location and the weather at the time - which may force me into my studio to complete the portrait. I consider that photographs and sketches are used only as an aide memoir.  
Once a brief has been agreed, my portraits can take between two to four weeks to complete. The finished portrait can be presented mounted only or mounted and framed.


Travel nationally    Yes
Travel internationally    Yes
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Portrait Format:
BuildingsFrom £ 700 $1100
The Prices quoted are for the standard mediums of oil on canvas and bronze
(in the case of sculpture).
For other media, prices may vary, please enquire directly with us for more specific quotes.
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Press Quotes
My work has twice been featured in “The Artist and Illustrator” magazine: firstly in May 2002, and following that in February 2006.  
My building portraits have also been featured in the book “Brentham - a History of the pioneer garden suburb 1901 to 2001” published by The Brentham Heritage Society.