The OD - Issue 1 - page 9

2011 · iSSuE 1
of the effort and dedication that has been
exerted. Many artists attempt to show an
‘effortlessness’ that belies the actual time and
pain that is required; I don’t endeavour to
hide the effort – at first glance the aesthetic
qualities are all one can see, but on further
examination, one can recognise how long it
must have taken, how meticulous the artist
must have been. I believe this evidence of
the creative process adds to the appreciation
of a piece.
The methods I generally use are ultra-
traditional, but I try to marry modern
and post-modern ideas and styles into
my work. Some people have described
my work as contemporary realism.
Aesthetically, my biggest inspirations range
between anything from Michelangelo to
Cubist artists Picasso and Braque.
How do you combine being an
artist with a successful career
in finance?
My day job is demanding as I often find
myself working long hours. It is very
difficult continuing with such high intensity
work after a long day in the office but it can
also be a welcome relief from the pressures
of work. When I was only focussing on my
art, the pressure was enormous as I was
sometimes stuck in my studio for 18 hours
a day. My approach is different now, I still
take on commissions but the time it takes to
complete work is longer with far less stress
and time-pressure.
For further information see:
How did the Dragon develop your
love of art?
I started to develop a love of art while
I was at the Dragon. ‘Holiday art’ was a
favourite of mine; being commended and
rewarded for enjoying one’s hobby during
the holidays was no bad thing. Another
formative experience was being part of
the scholarship group. The art department
opened up the old Art Block at lunch times
for an hour to let us work on our portfolios
in a more free environment. Attendance was
not compulsory and the atmosphere that
this created – that people were only there
because they wanted to be – really added to
the creativity.
A lot has changed between then and
now; the current Art Department has
resources that were simply not available
to us, and the rigid classroom structure
of my day did not always lend itself to
artistic development (as was common in
many schools). Were it not for the Dragon
encouraging me to continue drawing and
painting in the holidays, and allowing me
to explore my creative side during lunch
breaks, I am not sure I would have been able
to develop as I did.
Where does your inspiration to
create come from?
Philosophically, it is the actual process of
creation that inspires my work. I enjoy
methodically constructing images – using
delicate and detailed cross-hatching – to
the extent that one can see every single line
or stroke that goes into a piece, as evidence
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