I have loved painting since I was a child and was always interested in art. I completed “A” level Art at school. My adult life was spent working as an engineer in technical designing and for a while in civil engineering.
I took early retirement in 2010 and soon started attending watercolour classes led by Frances Shearing. In 2016 I submitted my works for the annual competition of Society of All Artists. I won an Artist of the Year June Atherton Award and “Highly commended” for the portrait of a friend.
I now work preferably in oils as I find it an amazing medium for expressing my ideas on canvas. Sometimes I also use watercolour and mixed media. I discover new artists and various ideas from lots of reading but always feel the biggest influence from early and contemporary Impressionism.
I enjoy doing urban cityscapes, painting local landscapes en plein air, recently abstract painting, and always life drawing and portraiture. I’m exhibiting with local art clubs at various venues and during summer time in Christchurch at Quomps, this year for the first time I will also be exhibiting at my home studio during DAW.
I joined the Bay Art Group in 2017 and I found being a member between wonderful artists opens new horizons for me.
My Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/GrinchikArt