Born in Perivale, England, Kevin has spent most of his life running his own companies in the UK and painting since his early 20’s. After meeting his wife, Beth, 12 years ago in Dahlonega whilst on a temporary visit, they married in New York and moved back to London for 10 years. It wasn’t long before they decided to permanently move to Dahlonega to enjoy the lifestyle of North Georgia while being closer to family. Despite working in the Electronics and Technology industry his whole life, Kevin’s creative passion has always been in painting, with the majority of his work created through finger painting.
Kevin began learning to paint whilst at High School in the UK, starting with water-soluble pencils. It was from this he began experimenting with other techniques and paints, moving quickly through acrylic paints to oil paints. Although acrylic paints were where Kevin began painting, he quickly preferred oils because he believes that painting is a thought process that requires time to think about what is being painted. “Oil gives you the chance to work with it as it is created”.
Kevin’s central inspiration for his paintings lays with Michelangelo’s layered technique, the way light falls on Dega’s paintings and the use of lines and color in Picasso’s paintings. It is a combination of all of these techniques that are the inspirations for Kevin to create his own paintings. Kevin likes to paint a variety of themes from Flowers, to Angels, and other more abstract ideas, each one trying to capture some of his thoughts through the use of colour, light and dark, and layering.
The individuality of Kevin’s paintings comes through the use of his fingers instead of a brush, allowing him to stay closer to what he is creating.
Most of Kevin’s work has a double meaning…very simple on the outside, but much deeper when confronted. “The goal normally is to hide the deeper meaning in a much prettier and simpler façade”.