Welcome to my new website. It’s been a slow process of changing across to a much cleaner online portfolio, expressing my thoughts and looking into future projects. As an artist who has found much to comment on through my art and illustrations the past 20 years, I am now looking towards a period of ‘returning to the innocence’ of why I started painting in the first place. People will know my imagery through various collaborations spanning the past two decades and some of this work will of course feature here. However, this new site is a new ‘beginning’ and ‘returning’ for me as an ‘image-maker’. I wrote over ten years ago,
“All art in its native sense is concerned with stirring our spirits, our soul and stimulating our extra-sensory perception. As always it is the art of storytelling, whether oral or pictorial, that is the real sign of creative vitality in any culture or society. Creating, or re-creating our own personal myths helps to eradicate negative feelings generated by dogma, which in the end can only cause disempowerment. All myths and legends inspire and fuel our imagination and, from a creative point of view, help us dig deeper toward understanding our unique relationship with the universe.”
I haven’t budged one bit from this vision over the years. In fact I have added to it by illustrating many books and in particular two stories, with a third on the way that consider our relationship with the Universe. The work has always is aimed at ‘stirring the human imagination’, inspiring a ‘deeper understanding’ of why we are here on the Earth and the Universe as a whole. My art and Illustrations, as always, tell of a different view of the past, our present dilemma and how we integrate our ‘personal mythology’ into a world that doesn’t often grasp the true nature of the need for metaphysical works of art.
I am currently putting together many narrative illustrations for the third and final part of what I have called The Kokoro Chronicles. The final story will be called Aeon Rising and will take the reader back to the time of Atlantis and ‘great war in the heavens’. As the project progresses I will post a few blogs in the early Autumn with a view to publishing in the winter. Below are a few scenes and character ideas that make up a tiny fraction of the sequence of images (without giving too much of the narrative away at this time). It is probably the finest project I’ve worked on to date!
My art is going in a slightly different direction now, but holding onto what I have gained in terms of skill and insight over the past twenty years. It’s an exciting time ahead with possible exhibitions to look forward to and a series of storytelling lectures based on the Kokoro Chronicles that will showcase the art in other formats. The work here is taste of what’s to come as I venture further into ‘other worlds’ and through ‘multidimensional landscapes’ of the human imagination.