I currently live in Barton-under-Needwood and paint from my studio at ‘Ridware Arts’, Hamstall Ridware. In 1985 I received a first class honours degree in Fine Art from De Montfort University. In April 2011 I was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours (RI). Elected to the RI Council in 2014 and in April 2016 founded fRIends of the RI.

In October 2016 I was elected an Associate Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists, (ARSMA).

Painting from the gallery and adjoining studios, my work is landscape based with an emphasis on painting water. My approach embraces both representational and abstract elements and I push the character of the paint to extremes. I work mainly in watercolour, but I also enjoy carborundum collagraph printmaking and occasionally working in oils. Elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, I teach classes and workshops in a variety of media and exhibit widely across the country. I exhibit regularly with the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours at the Mall Galleries, where I was awarded the Turner Medal in 2015. My paintings are in many private collections throughout the UK; and in Japan, Germany, France, New Zealand, Australia and Finland.


Awards

RI
Turner Medal, Escoda Barcelona, Anthony J. Lester Art Critic Award, Mall Galleries, London 15
Mall Galleries Bookshop Greetings Card Award, Mall Galleries, London 16 

RWS
First Prize Winner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Purchase Prize, 21st Century Watercolour Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London 05 & 08 Winsor & Newton Prize 08

RSMA
Charles Pears Award 2013

RBSA
Elected Full Member, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists 06 Open All Media (Watercolour) 04 Friends Exhibition 02

Stoke Open
People's Prize (2004)

Derby City Open
Yew Tree Studio Award (2001) The Topographical Prize (2002)

Staffordshire Open
Prize Winner (2004) People's Prize (1999, 2004 & 2005)


Galleries

the gallery @ Ridware Arts
Blythe House Farm
Hamstall Ridware
Staffordshire
WS15 3QQ
Web: www.walker-art.co.uk

John Noott Galleries
10 The Green
Broadway
Worcestershire
WR12 7AA
Web: www.john-noott.com

Adrian Hill Fine Art
Lees Yard
Holt
Norfolk
NR25 6HS
Web: www.adrianhillfineart.com

Silk Top Hat Gallery
Quality Square
Ludlow
Shropshire
SY8 1AR
Web: www.silktophatgallery.wordpress.com