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I devote an enormous amount of time to my art and have a passion for portraits of adults, children and animals, especially family pets (animals have come to mean so much in our lives).
I especially enjoy painting miners and have become involved in many mining communities countrywide, where they've taken me into their hearts and are very appreciative of my work which evokes memories of their time down the mines and of the lifelong friendships made. Although I don't actually know all of the Miners and their families personally they have become friends and have shared their poetry and stories of their experiences in the mines, many of which are included in my website.
Just recently two retired Miners have had my mining artwork tattooed onto their arms. That has to be the ultimate honour and I am very proud.
I'm a member of several sites on social media and when I finish a painting I request all the members, both Miners and non Miners to suggest a name for it. This has proved to be very popular and often very funny and sometimes very sad. Each person who picks a name I chose has their name placed alongside the painting. I often donate portrait vouchers to Mining Memorial funds and fund raisers and due to my very large collection of paintings, I plan on taking my artwork further afield and securing exhibitions geared around Mining towns and villages in the country.
I've recently found a love of creating Fishermen and as I develop that love I now have my artwork in America which is very exciting indeed!! I dream of being able to hold an exhibition there one day.
Unfortunately I know first hand how it feels to lose a loved one and when I have time I like to surprise someone with a portrait of the person they have lost. This gives me great pleasure and I'm already working on my next one.
"Life is short, art is long" — John Ringling
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