My first motorcycle painting. The remains of a Royal Enfield Constellation quietly rusting away. I never finished it, but it inspired me to start painting bikes.
I’ve been painting and drawing for most my life.
I got it from my dad, he liked to draw complex street scenes in pen and ink with lots of detail. My brothers and I all inherited some artistic ability and were encouraged to use it. I never was too hot on detail myself but I liked the textures you could get with thick oil paints.
After finishing a course in graphic design I worked for more than 20 years in advertising as an art director. Contrary to popular myth, it is useful being able to draw in advertising, to visualise ideas for clients or sketch out concepts for photographers. I loved doing all that.
I learned a lot watching photographers shooting cars, waiting for the light to paint a soft glow on metal and chrome, lining them up in the viewfinder to get the most powerful angles.
I went freelance in 2000 and about 4 years later started painting bikes to fill the time in between jobs.
I’d always been fascinated by the style and rugged simplicity of 1950’s and 60’s British bikes. Both my brothers have owned quite a few of them in their time and a chance visit to the Ace Café Brighton Burn Up in 1998 re-ignited my interest. As well as rows of beautifully preserved Triumphs, BSAs, Nortons and café racers, I was surprised to discover that many people were not only still riding these machines, but dressing the same way and listening to the same music they had 50 years before.
Most of the work in this collection is a celebration of those superb machines and the people that ride them. Men and machines of character.
You can buy high quality, giclée art prints of my paintings by visiting the shop.
They are printed on beautifully textured 310gsm art paper to capture as much as possible the feel of the originals.