I was born in The Ride, in Ponders End. I've lived in Enfield all my life apart from a couple of years when I was younger. I ran away to sea and travelled the world in tramp steamers mainly around the Far East and Indian Ocean.
All my fond memories were played out here and most of my intimate landscape paintings are based on places in and around Enfield where I grew up.
Enfield was caught up in the recent London Riots but I'm so pleased to say, wasn't damaged nearly so badly as some of the London Boroughs.
I hadn't been feeling very positive lately, the artistic muse was tantalising me with some ideas but not enough to formulate any paintings. The news of the riots left me bereft of any ideas or willingness to paint and left me feeling more sombre than I had been before.
I need to deal with these feelings in my own way and I find the best is through creativity in one form or other. When I'm not painting, I make music. I created a piece of music which expresses how I felt when all the madness of the last few days pushed away the positive thoughts I was trying to build up.
Disclaimer. I am only responsible for the music in this video. I trawled the web for images and edited those that I used by adjusting, cropping and converting to grey scale etc. As this is a not-for-profit expression of my feelings in an artistic manner and are not actual copies, I hope that the original copyright holders will not mind me giving their work extra coverage in this way.