Although I originally trained as a sculptor, I turned to watercolours at about the time of my move to Budapest (1993). It is a versatile and very portable medium and I associated it with travel, especially when I saw the works of J.M.W. Turner, David Roberts, Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent. The majority of my works are in watercolour but I occasionally work in oil.
I’ve taken my watercolours with me to many parts of Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle – East.
In places like Cairo or Damascus I’d finish a painting, turn a corner and feel an overwhelming need to paint another picture.
In a city like Budapest you can witness anything from the plain hilarious to the weird and macabre in a matter of minutes on the same street. Essentially, my Budapest pictures show people being people, dogs being dogs, pensioners behaving badly and everyone generally being themselves.
Without exception all these pictures have been inspired by real people in real places.
Growing up in Kenya has influenced my paintings in many ways, especially colour and pattern. Ostensibly, the paintings of palms and african animals are to remind myself of home.
The designs featuring African wildlife came about through looking at pattern and also the desire to paint an elephant or zebra from a different perspective and point of view other than that of standing contentedly under another lone thorn tree.
As well as producing my own works, I have worked as an illustrator for a variety of magazines (Egypt Today, Cosmopolitan, Playboy, FHM, The Cairo Times, Timeout Magazine Budapest) and I currently produce illustrations for Forbes Magazine Hungary.
I have had exhibitions in the UK, Croatia, Kenya and various Galleries in Budapest, and you might see some of my pictures and murals in a few well-known (and some not so well known) bars and cafés.
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