readily admit to a bias when it comes to the work and the artist,
for I have known Alan since the mid-seventies. We exhibited together
in London, Manchester and Malaga as part of group shows. I was always
impressed with his paintings, boisterous enthusiasm and single-minded
conviction, not just relating to artistic matters, but all subjects
that caught his interest.
ability to take a subject and stamp one's own personality upon it
is, indeed, a rare and exceptional talent. but this is precisely
what Alan achieves with his highly original approach to landscape.
It is fitting then that he should find himself living in Spain,
surrounded by a vista of monumental proportions on which to flex
his creative muscles. Had he not made this journey from England,
I doubt that he would have progressed with such a forceful and clear-sighted
visits to Spain are, sadly, far to infrequent, but when I do venture
forth from the shores of England and enter Alan's studio in Mijas,
I am never disappointed by his latest offerings. And he, for some
reason, is always anxious to ascertain my opinion, which I give
readily and with honesty.
makes a more than convincing analytical expedition into the heart
of nature and succeeds in portraying the Spanish landscape in all
its magnificent grandeur. For a man often consumed with self-doubt
and varying degrees of insecurity, his work betrays none of this
side of his character. He offers to the world a sanguine, resolute
artist of great stature and unwavering commitment to his art and
beliefs, which is the true nature of the man.
are what we paint and with every determined brush stroke, commit
our very being to canvas and exhibit our soul to the world. Perhaps
then, on reflection, Alan, like all artists' is no more vulnerable
than the next. However, unlike most, he is in complete control and
`master´ in his own studio, which is self-evident with each