Alan lives in Worcester, and has recently taken early retirement from his job as Design Director of a large UK Curtain Walling company, and later as Architects Advisor to concentrate more on painting, and search for landscapes both in this country and abroad.
Alan has now relinquished his post as Hon Secretary of the Birmingham Watercolour Society after an enjoyable 4 years, but remains active in the society as Website Manager. He is also a member of the Wolverhampton Society of Artists, and Worcester Society of Artists.
During November 2009, Alan was elected as a member of the Easel Club of Birmingham, a club founded in 1879 by great professional artists Edmund Watson & Walter Langley.
He paints using watercolour, pen and wash, with emphasis on the initial drawing, and has enjoyed more recent success & satisfaction painting in soft pastel.
He enjoys the freedom that pastels give, being able to express himself using bright vibrant colours, and being able to overlay colours to produce exciting textures.
Many of his works are held in collections in USA, Hong Kong & Europe and UK, including a pastel painting selected by the House of Lords selection committee in 2008 for inclusion in their new building Fielden House London.
Apart from sketching and painting, he also enjoys digital photography, and visiting Galleries gaining inspiration from his favourite artists, Edward Seago, Edward Wesson, David Curtis, John Yardley, Norman Smith, John Hammond, Fred Beckett, George Thompson & Rowland Hilder.
St Ives Boats, Pastel