For the past twenty years much of Ian’s s spare time has been taken up by his passion, drawing and painting.
Ian initially established a reputation for painting loose watercolours, mainly urban landscapes.
Following on from this success and keen to develop is skills further he undertook a City and Guilds in Life drawing followed by a Fine Art Degree in Blackburn; where he developed his fascination for painting in oils.
In 2010 Ian was elected as a member of the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts and then, in 2011, was awarded a first class honours degree in fine art.
He has started to exhibit regularly and his last show was a sell out, making his work collectible.
"I regularly go out into the landscape and usually work on the same motif over a period of weeks or months. The smaller studies are always completed in one session and can be easily transported in a pochade box. Working on large canvas or board will entail returning to the subject at the same time of day in similar weather conditions, working for one or two hours in a session. During this process I am always searching for the right way and painting is a document of these different ways and directions.
I am trying to express my feelings of being present in a place and not just the visual aspects of the landscape.I paint in all weathers sometimes very early in the morning and late into the evening I’m not solely concerned with the visual experience but with the sensory experience of being there. The taste of the rain,smell of the sea air, and the noise of the waves crashing down on the beach."