As a child, computer programming was my obsession, and I worked in solitude on this for about two decades. I started painting as a hobby in 2004 and and realised that I had been an artist, rather than a game developer, for all of my life and devoted my life to art. From the start I immediately wanted to portray ideas rather than mere copies of things. My temperament is romantic: emotion is the root of great art, and like a Romantic composer, I want to display my feelings, skill, and imagination; make the amount of work evident, and strive to master my skills. I reject what is easy and automated. Art must always push boundaries.
My instincts are rebellious and my artistic heroes are Ludwig van Beethoven, I sympathise with his struggle and I love his music, and Ingmar Bergman, for his great intellectual insight into relationships and the human condition. Music is a strong influence in my visual art. I aim to paint symphonies of paint with universal themes, and often used recurring visual elements like a musical motif or idée fixe. As a pianist and composer myself, I echo in paint the processes that take place as I compose.
As well as a painter I am active in all areas of art; I produce an arts TV show for YouTube calle ArtSwarm, and perform as a pianist and as part of music duo Fall in Green. I have founded a record label, Cornutopia Music, and have released 30 albums over the past 28 years. I founded Pentangel Books to publish my books and have published poetry, imaginative fiction and, this month, an academic book on art "21st Century Surrealism", as well as illustrated many books for others. I have also developed over 50 computer games, run a sound effects library for game developers, a curate a monthly art performance evening at a local venue.