My background in physics set the stage for looking intently at, and continually exploring, the natural world and interpreting, capturing and re-presenting it’s fundamental essence in a framework that could be shared with others. From the moment I decided to pursue my career as a professional artist, I have endeavored to make and share art with the same qualities of insatiable curiosity and continual exploration as guided my interest in physics.
This on-going exciting creative journey manifests itself in my live event painting, my exploration of new tools and media, as well as my teaching.
Photo by Shalom Gibly © 2014
The Longer Story….
Originally from London, I am a San Francisco-based artist, digital art pioneer, author, educator and founder of the online educational resource PaintboxTV.com. I work in all media and blend expressive fine art painting with exploring the latest digital paint technologies. My professional work as an artist encompasses performing live painting at special events all over the world, teaching digital (and non-digital) art, speaking at conferences and creating customized commissioned art.
I studied life drawing, sculpture and print-making at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art (now called the Ruskin School of Art), Oxford University, U.K., while earning a degree in Physics. I then studied lithography and life drawing at De Vrije Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten, The Hague, The Netherlands, before moving to the heart of Silicon Valley, California, in 1988, where I was introduced to digital painting in 1991, transforming my career from physicist to artist.
My artwork has been exhibited internationally – including at the Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose; at the Seoul Museum of Art; and a Large Heart in Union Square, San Francisco – and is in private collections world-wide. I am the author of six books, including the Painter Creativity series of books; have been a featured platform speaker at numerous international conferences (including Macworld, Siggraph and Imaging USA); have taught workshops world-wide (including at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London); and have performed live event painting at hundreds of venues and events world-wide.
I’ve painted at the de Young and Legion of Honor Museums, San Francisco, performed as a tableau vivant portraying the historical artists J.M.W. Turner, Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse; performed live painting for seven weeks with the Cirque du Soleil TOTEM show in San Francisco; was the featured iPad artist at the opening of the epic David Hockney “A Bigger Exhibition” in the de Young Museum; selected as the featured iPad artist at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s “America Now! Innovation in Art” event in Washington D.C.; and painted live in three media, digital and traditional, on stage with Tommy Igoe’s Birdland All-Stars Band during their five week east coast Art of Jazz tour.