Man on bicycle with small boy on back holding coloured balloons

Hopes And Dreams (Framed)


Size: 76 x 61 cm

As far back as I can remember I’ve always loved balloons. When the rag and bone man came around the village asking for people to throw out their old clothes, I would be there clutching what my mum deemed beyond repair and I would stand there expectantly hoping for my prize. Now that prize came in two forms, one was a cheap plastic windmill which was pretty boring for you were limited what you could do with it apart form wait for a gust of wind to come round and watch the thing whizz around or you could send yourself into a fit of hype ventilation huffing and puffing with all your might to get the thing to go round. But with a balloon the possibilities were endless. You could play slow motion, well practically everything. Slow motion football, tennis, keepie up, volleyball and the list went on and on, my imagination would run amok with ideas, all of which would be played within the confines of my hallway.

Hopes And Dreams (Framed)


I love to be able to create scenes that are not only nice to look at and hopefully thought of as well painted but also that they conjure up in your minds eye other more significant matters.

They maybe of a memory that plays an important part in a moment of your own life or you see a quality that the characters in the scene that reminds you of the type of personality of someone you know or have known. Maybe they take on a deeper significance in that you see that the things painted have another meaning like who the father or the child is and could the bike be a metaphor for the life journey and experience they both are on and could the balloons signify something else like our hopes, dreams, values and aspirations that surround us as we let a parent lead us so far on that journey and then as the road comes to the end for them will we still have hold of such things or are they let go.
However you look at a piece of my art my wish is that it conveys and stirs within your soul a feeling of happiness, peace and contentment