I am a Portuguese born artist from Lisbon based in London since 1985. I started working in the advertising world when I was 20 years old, not as a designer but as a representative for newspapers and magazines promoting empty spaces and creative ideas. I became a professional artist in 1993 after studied arts on my own, which makes me a self-taught artist by all means.
I also studied photography in a college in London but I gave up because I didn’t like the teaching methods, and I felt it was too slow for me, anyway I am self-motivated and a quick learner, so once again I have decided to do it on my own.
I work mostly with oils because the slow drying process allows me to do the over painting, showing the beautiful texture beneath when mixing with the other colours – and I like that. With some of the heads or portraits I use acrylics, Indian ink and sometimes pastels. The drawings can also vary with acrylics and Indian inks.
My work is mostly intuitive, but sometimes I work from my photographs as a starting point. I like to experiment on new ideas using expressive brush strokes and the pallet knife, keeping the same line of work.
When working with photography, I am not trying to capture a truthful depiction of reality, but instead compose images that evoke certain moods and feelings. Usually I work them around using painterly techniques, composing and adding texture.
My artwork is (still) affordable and collected internationally by good friends and admirers whom regard my art with curious speculation, pleasure and admiration.
The interpretation, imagination and emotions of each individual image are left to the viewer’s personal taste.