About Me

I was born in Dudley, lived nomadically with my mother until 7 when we settled on a council estate in Gornal, i was surrounded by unemployment, my father was rarely around, I hated school, feared the streets, violence was everywhere. As soon as i left school I went to college to study Fine Art, then university for Product Design. After that I experiencd some unemployment, lots of dead end jobs but i was always yearning desperately for a better life, to be more and escape. I tried starting several businesses with new products that i’d developed, experienced many failures, had moderate success with a modern shelving system, slighter greater success with murals and scenic art, briefly hit the big time with landscapes in New York. Then moved to Norfolk after meeting my wife and I started the framing business.

All about me –

Favourite films – The Big Sleep (Hawks), The River (Renoir), Lola Montes (Ophuls), Ugetsu Monogatari, Gertrud (Dreyer).

Favourite Writers – David Thomson, Jacob Bronowski, Robert Hughes, Victor Papanek.

Favoiurite Novels – Fontamara, Auto de Fe (Canetti), Dr Zhivago, As a Man Grows Older (Svevo), The Slaves of Solitude, The Death Ship (Traven), The Wings of the Dove, The Sound and the Fury, After Leaving Mr Mckenzie, Lolita, Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, plus Maupassant, Proust, Conrad, D H Lawrence, Nathanael West.

Favourite Painters – Goya, Rembrandt, Monet, Titian, Schiele

Favourite Music – Mozart, Mahler, some Wagner, Bach, Arvo Part, Muse, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Bernard Herrmann, Eleni Karaindrou, and tons more! Radio 4, Radio 3, 6 Music.

Photographers – Walker Evans, Jacob Riis, Brassai, Ansel Adams

Politic Persuasion – Far Left, Marxist, Green Party, Degrowth or Steady State Economy, a Remainer, Pro-EU.

Religion belief – Agnostic / science

Environmental Concerns – The rate of biodiversity loss; climate change, interference with the nitrogen and phosphorus cycles; ozone depletion; ocean acidification; global freshwater use; change in land use, chemical pollution.

Sport – Cycling or walking

Food – anything but meat

Design Ethic – Simple, practical, well-made.

My class – born underclass, currently working class but at heart an aristocrat.

My Education – Film, Art, Design, Photography and after that self-taught.

Ambitions – far too many, when younger I was a great idealist, I wanted to make a difference, but I’ve hit against the reality of people.

My Values – Enlightenment, Facts, Science, Openness, Achievement, Solutions, Freedom of Thought, Knowledge, Meaning, Passion, Peace, Tolerance, Compassion, Empathy, Integrity, Protection of the Powerless.

My Dislikes – Secrets, Lies, bureaucracy, authority or conformity that induces mediocrity, extremism and fundamentalism; religion making government decisions, hypocrisy.