Firstly I had the honour of being made a full member of the Armed Forces Art Society. This prestigious society was formed in 1925 and has the The Prince of Wales currently as its Patron. The society comprises of all ranks from all three Services, serving, retired and the Reserves, and their spouses. Being made a full member, AFAS, came as a complete surprise and I was absolutely delighted.
I also had news in May that one of my new works, Memories of Burnt Sienna, had been shortlisted for RA Summer Exhibition. Again I was delighted with the news, particularly with the connection with my late father. Soon after that I was contacted by the BBC who asked to do an interview for a documentary they were making about the exhibition. It was an exhilarating experience and although the painting didn’t make the final hang, it certainly won’t stop me from entering work in the future.
As for the future, I am definitely looking at a bolder and more defined style of work whilst keeping to my definitive layering signature. This is where I feel my future lies as an artist.