Ian was born in a small village just outside Cambridge, and while at
school, the only subject he was really interested in was art, particularly
relief sculpture. He has have done a variety of jobs throughout his life,
none of which fulfil the creative side of his nature and that's probably
why thirty years or so after leaving school, he decided to take up art
Ian began with acrylics and then moved on to oils but was never happy
with his efforts. He realised he needed to learn the art of painting from
the beginning again and enrolled in an art course at the local college.
However, the only course available was for watercolour, so he thought
he'd give it a go!
From there on he was hooked on watercolour and now paints exclusively
in that medium.
His style is direct application of paint with no overlay of washes as he believes this gives the finished painting the
transparency so desired by many watercolour artists.
Ian believes that anyone who is passionate enough about painting can learn to paint. It's a continual learning
experience, but very rewarding when it all comes together and you finish up with a painting you're happy with.
He runs weekly watercolour classes, and also does occasional day workshops for art groups.
His subjects are taken from everyday life, from the UK to France, Spain, Greece, anywhere there's a moment to be
captured in watercolour.