When I was young I would fall asleep looking at very detailed comic books, trying to see tiny details I had never seen before. I also loved spending time with my dad colouring in Berol Doodle arts. Spin forward a few years and although I painted and drew with many mediums, I always loved simple black and white, creating tones and textures with nothing but black and the white of the page. In my art now I am fascinated by doodles as art. Trying to get as much detail as possible. Where most artists aim to focus your eye in one place, I want my pictures to tell a story, to make the viewer spend more time over it. No sooner have they spotted one texture or image in the picture than their eye is attracted to somewhere else, and then on again, and again. Always something to see and spot. That might mean in simple pen and ink, or in colour.
In my work with children, young people and adults I try to tell them to look more carefully at the world around them, by taking time, and seeing the details in and textures and how they fit into that. I hope that my pictures help people to do that and they reflect something of my ethos.
My regular 'work' is as an ordained member of the Church of England. I am paid a wage (called a stipend) and have a house provided for me, which means I don't need to worry about earning money. So the money raised through the art I sell goes to help resource the the projects I am involved in. From buying games to play with the kids I work with, and build community with; buying the resources I need; to taking people out for coffees so that they can chat about life and anything they want to. Please help me to expand the reach of my art on facebook by liking (and getting the notifications) of the 'doodleopus' facebook page. Then share my pictures as I upload them.