2019 was busy. I make two or three journeys each year to turn into travelling exhibitions around the country although the ideas have often been originally commissioned to be made into cards, book illustrations or prints. Last year took me first to Italy, swiftly followed by tracing Gauguin's journey around the Caribbean managing to fit in seven islands and producing 42 paintings. April was spent fulfilling various one man show obligations at various galleries before a major fact finding mission which took me out through the gulf then across India , Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. Just got back for xmas. Caught my breath, had a few weeks off and next to California in march 2020
2020 was the strangest year for everyone, artists no exception. I returned from California in late March to be locked down with all gallery exhibitions cancelled. Some painters found they had a creative block, some found the isolation a time to concentrate on new work; I fulfilled some long overdue private commissions and worked on designing a range of rustic and upcycled furniture.
Now 2021 has started I am back from workshop and into the studio working out the new collections ready for delivery in the coming months. It could be this is the first year when I haven't travelled abroad in my art career but looking forward to championing England
Graham was taught to paint by his father at the kitchen table by copying the old masters from 1930’s National Gallery catalogues ad trying to learn the techniques of Frans Hals, Rembrandt and Gainsborough.
The revelation came when at the age of 15 he visited the gallery in person and found the sunlit paintings of the French Impressionists and realised there was a whole new and exciting world out there. It took twenty years, a lot of practise, exhibitions and sales before Graham realised his dream and bought a house and studio near the Seine in Monet country and spent the next ten years there perfecting his own style to become a successful painter and illustrator.
“In choosing the pictures for this site I wanted to choose ones my Dad might have liked and understood. He would have wanted to recognise the places I visited, the clouds would have to look light and airy but most of all the sea and rivers to look like they were made out of water! I spent many hours on the South Downs with him painting and sketching but my favourites painting memories were teaching my Dad how to paint in the Impressionist style….at the old kitchen table “
Graham’s images are often familiar as they are used as illustrations for books or licensed for prints, posters and cards. The originals are to be found in private and public collections worldwide. He also has worked widely with students and art schools, not as a teacher but just to impart enthusiasm and guidance to emerging artists on a voluntary basis.
Graham currently has his main studio and gallery in Hertfordshire but has spent the summer travelling between homes in Selsey and Menorca.