I was born in Port Talbot, 1954, grew up in Guildford and returned to Wales in 1968. My son Steve was born in 1973.
I’ve had a very varied career in retail mainly until I became a mature student in Swansea Institute studying industrial ceramics. China painting became my passion and I started my ceramics business in 1984.
I ran my business alongside working at H.M. Prison Swansea, teaching creative arts for the next nine years. At this point my life-long ambition to have my own shop/gallery really took hold. The shop ‘Blades — The Artworks’ opened on Nov 12th 1997 at Cornwall Place, Mumbles. After six years enthusing in other artists’ work I decided to show my own quirky painted canvases. Thankfully they have been well-received and very popular. These vibrant happy paintings of ‘Drunken huts and Wobbly houses’ have really taken off.
The coastal paintings of Gower views and floral studies are loose fluid images which are often co-ordinated and themed to specifications. I’ve definitely found an interior design element within my work.
Mumbles and Gower provide a wealth of inspiration. The sky and sea changing by the minute evoke the most dramatic response. Such stimulation on my doorstep is simply a gift.
I should mention my little cavachon Raffa, who can be found peeping from windows in the quirky harbour scenes. If it’s a fun picture Raffa will be there somewhere. More serious paintings don’t lend themselves to his tufty little shape.
Commissions are welcomed, my clients have stretched my capabilities and never fail to impress me.
Already my client base reaches far and wide with collectors from Australia to Canada, I’m delighted to say my personal creative evolution is speeding along at quite a pace.