I'm a portrait painter, a realist and a teacher. My wife and I run L'Atellier du Soulondre, a Painting Holiday Centre in our home in the Midi reagion of France.
I can't really remember how old I was when I first started painting because it was all around me. My grandfather had been a landscape painter, my mother was a good portrait painter, my father was a good contemporary landscape painter and my brother was the best painter I'd ever seen..so I couldn't really escape.
My training started when Victor Pasmore accepted me into a group of rather aweful teenagers and he made me draw object trouvé and mix colours for two years.
Eventually I went to University to study Art in the 70's so I can claim to be 'self taught'.
I became an Art Teacher and gradually a painter and now I paint full time and do a bit of teaching on the side. My work has gone all over the world and I've been commissioned to make paintings for some really serious collectors.
It's FUN. So, apart from telling you that I love Sal, my family, my dogs, classical music and believe in Narnia, Hogwarts and Discworld there's not much to say.
I hope that you enjoy looking at my paintings.