I live in the midlands UK and started painting many years ago in my teens and stopped when I was around twenty, for work and family life, literally to only pick a brush and pencil up again after 23 years to paint my partner a copy of Miro's 'The Garden', as it was her favorite artist and painting.
I am currently "working harder than I have ever worked in my life" as a "stay at home dad" for my now 2 year 6 month old daughter, mainly due to a back injury and the prohibitive cost of childcare in this country, I fit painting in as best I can.
In a previous life, a few years ago, I was a sales account manager for a print materials company and then after reconsidering my lifestyle, when I was made redundant, I set up a Landscape gardening business designing and unfortunately also building the hard landscaping myself! (hence the back injury)
I had no dealings with art at all during all those years!
My current "job" is far more rewarding, but sadly far less well paid! Unless you count endless hugs and kisses as 'payment in kind'?
It would be nice to know what people think of my recent Miro efforts as I have nothing to compare them to other than the rather fuzzy, poor images off of the internet I have used to take my representations from.
I visited the Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona after I had painted the pictures and realised, although there were none of the actual pieces I ended up painting in his gallery, I was pretty close with the depiction of Miro's 'style' and structure in the pieces I had done.
I am putting together a portfolio of some of my own works in the near future to hopefully exhibit, as I am now starting to develop a style and prefered subject matter of my own.
As you can see slowly but surely I have started a series of paintings entitled "...from the land of my forefathers", starting with portraits of my daughter and son and have just added my own self portrait. Taking pigments using my own technique, from the very earth my ancestors lived on, worked and played in, it forms a very emotive bond between the subject and the materials used to create their image. I am now taking commissions and creating more pieces for sale and to exhibit in the near future.
Please visit www.ancestralearthportraits.com for more information on how to commission a portrait in ancestral earth!
My Latest piece " Lawrence...from the land of my forefathers" is being exhibited at the D.H. Lawrence heritage centre at Eastwood, Notts, U.K. for 7 weeks until the end of March 2012. Details after this are T.B.C. Eastwood is his birthplace and was his home for many years.