After studying art at North Tyneside College, Jeff became self employed as a professional artist in 1984. He used this time to experiment with all medium including glass engraving, printing and painting, but always seemed to be drawn back to oil paint. At this time, he had a scatter gun approach to art, working in all areas and not really having any one medium to learn his craft. Times became difficult and in 2000 he had to re-train. He did a HND at Newcastle in advertising/illustration as a visualiser, working on many live briefs and was successful in winning a NEPA award (North East Print Association).
Having graduated and looking for work, Jeff could not keep away from art and wanted one more try at being successful in the industry. After exhibiting in a Northumberland gallery, his artwork was taken to the London Affordable Art Fair where he had a sell out in one day. Things then began to snowball and Jeff exhibited in Edinburgh and in Dublin with equal success.
Over the years, Jeff has witnessed a change in his work. Jeff feels that he has honed his efforts and skills into compositions that really express and convey a certain atmosphere or moment.
“I have always been fascinated in two areas of art; the implicit meaning and the inspiration. I like to let the viewer of the painting make their own mind up about what is happening with the characters in the composition”