I create digital photo art employing the power and versatility of the very latest creative software on both desktop and mobile platforms. My art is based on photographic sources; a transformation of one or more of my photos into a result that emulates traditional painting. I refer to these images as 'Pixel Painted'. I recreate each pixel in an image from scratch and building textures from within rather than letting computer algorithms decide the outcome. The process is very similar to the way a traditional artist works.
I'm often asked "why?"; I create these images in an attempt to further express myself beyond the capture of the original photo. I may want to create a mood or atmosphere that wasn't possible to portray when taking the original shot. Over the years I have painted in traditional oils, acrylic and watercolour and this experience helps me when creating digital art. My style varies with mood, inspiration and technique.
I have taken photos most of my life and I have created digital art for over twenty years. The endless photo art opportunities in today's digital space provide me with unique opportunities to combine my creative inspiration with photographic sources.
At the heart of my desktop workflow lies the phenomenal Corel Painter®, the world's most advanced digital painting software. I have recently been awarded 'Feature Artist' status by Corel in recognition of the art that I produce in this amazing digital painting package. I have also created a workflow using the wide range of artistic apps available on on Apple's iOS system. By 'stacking' results from various apps, I can finally merge the resuts into a single composite piece.
My style varies with mood, inspiration and technique. I create very fine detailed pieces as is evident in my wildlife images yet I am equally compelled to create loose, impressionist or abstract work such as my Manchester Worker Bee tribute.