was born somewhere along the
Marylebone Road in an ambulance. The Second World War was on.
Whether this had anything to do with me being dropped to the floor
by an nervous ambulance assistant I don't know. However life fhas
continued from that moment to be punctuated by the unusual and
alarming and that includes my artistic achievements. That is I
tend to create the unusual and dramaticFor reasons I was not so
aware of at the time could be found even when I shouldn't be there
in the art room of Sloane School, Chelsea. Somehow Latin, Chemistry,
etc, didn't seem to have the same appeal and I always wa pleased
to notdice that fmy paintings would appear on the school walls.
Also, it was a great pleasure to find that that imagination, despite
my own ideas about spelling,could create stories and reports about
exciting experiences in such a way as to give the reader the same
picture - idea - that I had. So it dawned on me that ART and ever
will be COMMUNICATION and valued highly as it creates effect.
Fortunely it seemed that the effects I managed to create brought
more pleasure than pain to others so it was OK to share my ideas
with them. What I like to recall at this moment is the idea that
all I created was true as I perceived it and thus I did not need
to lie so it became a lasting pleasure.
My first picture became the school
Christmas Card and was a pen and ink picture. The second one was
a water colour of the inside steamy steel making plant that can
be found in my mother's house to this day.At age 16 I found myself
drawing interesting buildings and particularly pencil sketches
of flowers. Perhaps I couldn't afford a camera!!What particularly
pleased me was that others apparently drew pleasure from these
idea of using any such skill to earn a living was a million miles
away from my thoughts in those days. I was far too addicted to
football and indeed any sport or physical adventure which all
lead to a very active and challenging career as an officer in
the time I had applied to the airforce I had managed to achieve
a position in the National Youth Football team, my Queen Scout
and Gold Standard of the Duke of Edinbugh Award which had only
been institued by Prince Phillip. I shall never forget the demand
and sense of hard won achievement with which I came away from
the Outward Bound Centre at Eskdale in Cumberland.
in the RAF I photographed just about any thing including of course
Sheila my wife and our three lovely children in the sixties.
has proved to have been truely an art form of lasting value. Like
so many other ex-military types, in particularly those long served
long careers and experienced the horrors as well as the good times;
the long suppressed creative instinct that mankind in all its
forms possesses butst hte dam walls and outflowed a torrent of
all things that can be created using glass and lead.
found the creation of all artistic forms not only enjoyable but
infrequently life enhancing - indeed I have been known to use
art to encourage people to pull through in difficult times, its
that powerful and important.
is little that equals the joy of creation and particularly so
when shared and encouraged in a suitable environment. So it is
quite natural that I found myself involved in such endeavours
in Celebrity Centre International, Los Angeles, a set up I have
of having help set up and establish in London. There is I find
any equal sense of artistic communication to be achieved in poetry
and prose and I give considerable attention to hterse forms as
well. Back to glass! This started wilht items for Church alters
such as hollow crosses in coloured glass like flower. Unfortunately
these can only be seen in Churches in Greece and Cyrus. In fact
I have managed to have something of my work in every continent.
Funny enough it is not all windows though they are the major reason
stained glass has lasting popularity. The table lights and lampshades
are particularly attractive when light is on.
boxes with coloured emblems make attractive presents when styled
to personal tastes
mirrors are equally popular for the same reason and something
new is coloured glass - birds for bathroom walls
pinnacle of which are also kaleidoscopes.
WILL TACKLE ANYTHING IN GLASS!
price range is from £50 for a jewellery box personalised
to up to £1000 for a customised window. A tiffany lamp could
be £2000. Feel free to contact me . I will discuss anything
over cup of coffee -