I was born at Brock, by a river of the same name, in the foothills of the Pennines, although my family roots spring from Aberdaron in North Wales, near which I have a family home. I'm a distant relative of 'Dic Aberdaron', Richard Robert Jones, a well-known character of Welsh folklore. I also live in the Cotswolds with my family, my work reflecting both localities, as well as Spain, Italy, Lanzarote, Gozo, Jersey and beyond where until recently I used to take paintings groups as lead tutor for Authentic Adventures (formerly Andalucian Adventures).
I've been painting ever since my riverside childhood when I spent lots of time fishing or studying wildlife; and similarly through an academic career that took me to Durham (BSc) and Cambridge (PhD) and then to the BBC, where initially I helped set up and produce the TV and Radio programmes for the fledgling Open University - heroic days! All that youthful waiting and watching for fish or fowl has since inspired my writing of nature essays, poetry, film-making stories, and of course my painting. I've never been bored in the wild, whether as a boy fishing for trout, or else directing films in the remotest places half a world away.
I formerly directed wildlife films as a Senior Producer for the renowned BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol, England for series such as The Natural World and Wildlife on One. My last work was to help set up, film for and develop the 'Blue Planet' series narrated by David Attenborough. I was also the development producer for the cinematic version of Blue Planet, called ‘Deep Blue’, narrated by Michael Gambon. But despite its excitements, I wanted to paint much more and so in 1998 I decided to paint full-time. I still enjoy giving illustrated talks about the exploits of natural history film making and exploring the parallels between 'painting' with cameras, and painting with brushes. Though the media are different, the approach is the same, the priorities being in order, atmosphere, viewpoint, composition, tone and colour.
Every Spring and Autumn with Authentic Adventures, I took guests on week-long painting holidays in Spain, Italy and other locations such as Lanzarote and Gozo, and closer to home, Jersey. I still also continue to enjoy teaching landscape painting, seascapes and other subjects in the UK, when workshop guests (max. 6 per day) can attend my home studio location during winter months (usually March and April). Details soon of my spring 2014 workshop schedule. Please enquire via e-mail or phone. I also specialise in 1:1 tuition in watercolour and oils. Ask for details.
In my own work, I portray the Cotswold landscape and sometimes its waterways, and also landscapes and seascapes from Dorset to Cornwall as well as North Wales, where I have a home on the Lleyn Peninsula. I demonstrate to art groups and societies throughout the UK and give talks about painting and its links with natural history film-making. Please contact me if you would like to invite me to contribute to your group in this way. In addition, I hold regular exhibitions and welcome commissions.
I write occasional articles for The Artist magazine.I was the 2011 recipient of the Menena Joy Schwabe Memorial award for an outstanding oil painter awarded by the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Mall Galleries, London.
Winner of the Dawn Sidoli Prize for Best painting in show, Clifton Arts Exhibition, 2013
I recently exhibited at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI) at the Mall Galleries, London, exhibition during December 2013.
I am also currently exhibiting several paintings at the Hawker Gallery, The Maltings, off School Lane, Old Amersham, Bucks, HP7 0ET Gallery open 10 - 5 pm Tues to Sat.
For gallery Tel: 01494 724850. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org