About the Artist

 
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I think, in all honesty, that if I had to do it all again that I would never be able to fit it all in. I've done things that I will never be able to do again, nor would I want to although I do still get the urge to jump when I'm in an aircraft looking down at the ground. Give me a P2 chute and stand away from the door when I open it. GERONIMO!

Now, as an artist, I have done a host of things that you should never attempt. They say that you should learn from your mistakes and I've made a few of those along the way. I won't go into too much detail but slicing through my leg with a Stanley craft knife and almost bleeding to death was one of the majors.

Another wonderful idea, NOT!, was to stand atop a ladder and drop spoonfuls of acrylic paint onto a sheet of 300 gram watercolor paper. Now, and despite the fact that we covered the kitchen floor with masses of newspaper, as well as the cupboards, the cooker and dishwasher, the paint managed to hit just about anywhere where I had failed to cover with paper including the ceiling and adjacent walls. 

Of course, one particular question posed by the many around the world that followed my work was "How did you do that?" followed by "Can you show us how you paint by making a video?"

The one thing that I did not tell you is that I am disabled in both my legs and hands. I managed to beat cancer and lose the wheelchair, but I still have problems standing, walking and holding a paintbrush. The one thing that I can do, however, is use a keyboard and have the mental agility to use CorelDraw, Photoshop and a few other dandy programs. So, unable to produce a video for YouTube I did the next best thing and published a book that sold all around the world. But not just any old book. This one has basically everything in it that I was taught about art, things that everyone else seems to leave out sprobably because they don't really know as much as they ought. Buy the book from Amazon. You will not regret getting your own copy.

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"Yes, he's my husband and he's one of the most creative individuals I know. He knows more about how to create in different mediums, what to do when things go slightly awry and what steps to take to bring order to chaos than I could ever imagine. He knows because he takes risks and creates chaos and then has to figure out what he needs to do to recover and clean it up. He is also a great supporter of others, including me, when they need someone to say, 'Great work! Keep going! You're almost there!' or other such encouragement. He is a problem-maker and a problem-solver, an inventor, and a magician (he makes things from nothing). Don't believe me? Just look at what he has created or ask him a question."

Don't be afraid to try something new. Paint is a creative medium - So create. Be daring Be adventurous and it you don't know then don't be afraid to ask for help. Most artists will be only too willing to help out a fellow artist who is in difficulty, Just remember that asking for help is not the same as asking someone to finish something you started in error.

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I have, over the years, exhibited my work both locally and, more recently, internationally. That said, the practice of displaying ones creations to a wider public, has become increasingly expensive and, basically, hard to maintain without any beneficial return. 

Organizers generally want their palm crossed with silver and without the promise of any return. The artist is often left to arrange his own travel and accomodation and meet the public that usually visit to escape the rain. That said, events such as these are meant to provide the artist an opportunity to meet, in person, the many followers that use social media to stay abreast of the artist achievements. Many believe that we make a small fortune based on the prices  we charge for our work. What many fail to understand is that the artist has to pay 50% commission to their agent, plus cover all additional sales taxes which leaves very little profit for food, accommodation and travel.