Originally from Cumbria, I now live and work from my home in Stocksfield, Northumberland.
As a teenager I painted realistic pictures of British birds and since then I have experimented with different styles, paints, papers and brushes.
Once we turned the corner into this century, the 2000 years, I began to create abstract and geometric paintings. Was it something to do with an energy shift the planet was experiencing? It was such a different experience to be working in this way and I had to give up trying to figure out what it was all about. I accepted that work as part of the journey, even though it was a mystery to me.
In 2019 I accepted the opportunity to open my own gallery called The Little Bird House, at Wheelbirks Farm. It was a short lease and I have now closed the gallery to make time for more exploration and creativity time. So if you were looking for www.thelittlebirdhouse.co.uk – hopefully you have found me here.
Thank you for looking. If I can be of any assistance with your searching or you would like to discuss a commission. Please feel free to contact me for a chat.
Best wishes. Duncan
Process of Creation
People often ask where the ideas for my artwork come from – and I have no real answer.
I could just say – ‘the ideas come from the universe and I create the paintings with acrylic paint, a brush and a palette knife’ – but I have the feeling that the art purists may not accept such a short and simple answer.
So, the answer is – When I commit myself to the process of creation and I step aside and focus on not overthinking or trying to interfere, the universe and creator gently guide me in the direction of a suggested idea. My role is then to interpret these hints onto a sheet of wood pulp, formed into a smooth, flat receptive surface and for me to then introduce a multitude of colours in an acrylic medium, using a brush or a flexible metal knife which has a perfectly sculpted wooden handle, which I caress in my fingers and move across the surface in interconnecting directions while laying down differing layers of colour and texture.