David William Westwood West Midlands, United Kingdom
I am self taught as an artist and paint in the impressionist, naive style. I began in watercolours and moved quickly to painting in oils and mixed media on canvas board.
I have 23 qualifications, including a history degree and a professional qualification in law, but only one of my qualifications is art based, a C.S.E art, which I studied at High School.
I began creating by writing books and screenplays and did so for many years. I turned to painting in 2013 when a 9 year relationship ended. My evenings became lonely so I painted to fill an empty space. I suffer with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Depression and Anxiety, I am also Dyslexic. My disabilities give me the ability to visualise complex things. I paint what I feel about what I see rather than merely what I see.
I am a member of the Midland Paint Group. Originally I did very few exhibitions. Then Christmas of last year, the Group employed the services of a profession art critic, a professor in art at Birmingham University and member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artist. He gave my confidence a great boost when he praised my work. He suggested that I should exhibit and that I should present my work to the RBSA for exhibition, then he said he thought it so unique that it should be put to the RBA in London for exhibiting.