‘A Brush with the Law’
Thank you for visiting my website. I feel very privileged to be able to work full time as a police officer and also as a professional artist.
I have served as a senior police officer in the UK and South Australia and am currently serving as a Superintendent in the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.
I am a self-taught artist and I prefer to use acrylic on Masonite as my preferred medium.
My art career started about twenty years ago alongside my policing career, when I was approached by Daler Rowney, one of the world’s largest art material suppliers, who wanted to use one of my paintings called ’Always Alert’ (Eurasian Eagle Owl eyes) as the image for their header board advertising their designer gouache paint range. I was selected as their ‘featured artist’ and my work started to increase in popularity, resulting in commissions for paintings by clients across the world. .
At this time, my policing role was as Borough Commander at Maidstone Police Station in Kent. I displayed a number of my paintings along the corridors in the station and this drew quite a lot of attention, as well as brightening up the station!
I was approached around that same time by a local TV station at the time, who were interested in making a TV documentary about me and calling it 'A brush with the law'
As my paintings became more popular, I aligned myself with a number of big cat charities. I held exhibitions and donated my work to raise much needed funds and to raise awareness of their plight. To date, I have helped to raise thousands of pounds to help with those charities.
As a police officer I have also donated my artwork to other charities which I am passionate about. These include preventing human trafficking and domestic violence.
As a keen photographer and conservationist, I have travelled extensively to obtain my own reference photographs.
My art career has grown quite significantly alongside my police career. My wildlife paintings can now be seen in books, magazines and art collections worldwide. I had the priveledge of being selected as one of only five hundred worldwide artists from twenty seven countries to become a member of Artists for Conservation based in Vancouver Canada.
I have been a finalist in The National Exhibition Wildlife Art 2015. 'Best British Wildlife', where my painting, 'Two for Joy' (Magpies)was also chosen as the poster image used formarketing the 2016 National Exhibition of Wildlife Art.
I was also a finalist in the 2016 David Shepherd ‘Wildlife Artist of the Year’ were my work was displayed in the Mall Galleries London.