The best thing about what I do, without shadow of a doubt, is who I’ve been privileged to work with, and where that’s taken me. Incredible sculpture projects with the best in the world at what they do with Pangolin and Racing Gold, official Star Wars events, with Atlantic Record presenting Bruno Mars with his portrait in Las Vegas. Live painting at locations with the F1 circus around the World, at Chelsea FC’s title winning party, at Selfridges Oxford St, Playboy, Hurlingham Club and with Team Sky, Lamborghini… with numerous F1 team partners, even on a yacht through the Monaco GP, and with McLaren and Jenson in Abu Dhabi. And for organisations like Muhammad Ali Enterprises, Pirelli, Thunderbirds, Star Trek, and with the Rugby Players Association every year….. often on projects raising crazy amounts for charity too. More than humbling to be honest. And I couldn’t wish for more powerful inspiration to push on.
Its how it all fits together too which I love – combining representing myself in the F1 World and promoted in every Paddock Club by Memento Exclusives and F1 themselves, with working with galleries around the globe and through Wishbone Publishing, charities, collaborations with sports teams and enormous brands, personalities and social media – not easy to balance, but when it works, ooohhh baby.
I’m patron of It’s In The Bag (Testicular Cancer Awareness), based in Bristol, together with friends and collectors Pirelli F1′s Paul Hembery and Bristol City FC’s Louis Carey. But regularly working with many incredible charities year after year, including NSPCC, Rugby Players Association, Gt Ormond St at The Official F1 Party, Clic Sergeant at the GP Ball, Champions of Cyclesport for Action Medical Research, The Prince’s Trust, Sparks, Willow, The British Heart Foundation and with Jake Humphrey and the guys at Break Charity in Norwich. The inspirational Matt Hampson and his foundation too I’ve now been working with regularly for several years, even their moto alone can change lives – Get Busy Living! Which I painted 9ft wide in the foyer of their Get Busy Living Centre.
Special thanks to galleries who believed and gave me leg ups in the early days, Warwick Studios, Generation Gallery Manchester, View Gallery Bristol, Imitate Modern London, McDermott Galleries Birmingham and Paragon Gallery Cheltenham. And to career long business partners and now the greatest of friends John at Racing Gold and Rich at Regent Print and Frame – without whom I’d have found progress very difficult.
And it’s the lifelong friends I’ve made through the ostensibly needless and bizarre ‘job’ of painting pictures for a living, including some of the world’s biggest sports stars, musicians and entrepreneurs who make this journey so enjoyable. Bonkers. But then they’re all just normal people with weird jobs too. As it seems many of my regular collectors are! I guess in painting icons and celebrating moments of what I love, it’s a natural connection with those who have the same interests and direction in life.
I’m represented in the UK by Wishbone publishing through their affiliated galleries all over the UK. And worldwide in F1 by Memento Exclusives. Please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org as elevant for specific info.