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Dave Rothwell

Artist (United Kingdom)
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A little bit about me...
A little bit about me...I have drawn and painted, from being a child. When I was at junior and secondary school, it was the only area I really excelled in. But as a teenager there are other distractions girls, music & socializing. Another area I excelled in.

At the time of leaving school, I was offered an apprenticeship in Carpentry & Joinery, from Mr Norman Povey, who I will be ever grateful. I spent the next nine and half years working in a variety of building contract's working the length and breath of the UK. And while I was working in Romford in Essex, that I had a minor accident. And I was unable to work for about three weeks. It was during this time that I realised how unhappy I was. Chasing the money from job to job. It was then I decided to go back to night school, and pursue a career in which I was gong to be happy. And that's when I went to do Art & Design O'Level at the Gamble Institute for Art & Design in St.Helens. It was like swimming in a warm bath. Since that time I have never stopped creating, and I love every minute of it.

After leaving University I started work for a local manufacturing company that made cookers, I worked there for nine and half years my job my was a technical Illustrator, producing exploded diagrams for the engineers in the field, and retailers and OEM’s ( external manufactures such as Whirlpool, MFI & BEKO plus many others ). The company produced three new appliances a day, so I produced generic exploded views covering all the different families of cookers; freestanding, built-in, hobs and caravan cookers. Since then I have had a variety of jobs, and I’m now currently working for the National Trust for four days a week and St.Helens Art services one day a week.

I work between two world's, the sketch book and the computer. I was introduced to the Apple Mac LE II, at the Gamble during my two year foundation, using digital darkroom and Aldus Pagemaker. My first taste of what could be achieved with this machine, I lost all fear of computer's.

During the last two one years, I think I’ve produced some 5000 plus pieces. And the past eight years have been spent producing more pictorial work, and combing it with my abstract work.

Anything I see during the day or night can be a catalyst to start the creative process. At the moment I'm working on a tree I saw three months ago, at one of the craft fairs, I attend once a month. What really fascinated me about the tree, was the fact that is was dead on the inside, and living and blooming on the outside. This sparked the idea I am currently put drawings together for it.

All my work must work on strict guidelines, first composition, colour, light and texture, without these strict guidelines my work would look like a mud bath.

The key to the piece working on these two levels, is that it must look great, And should look not look clique. For this reason I like to take time producing my work. All of my work is still evolving, growing, changing. When I start a piece, from its initial idea through its life, it can look completely different. And it's through the evolution of the piece, is when all the experimenting starts. After I have drawn the piece in the sketch book, I then scan it, and when in Adobe Photoshop, this is where the the character of piece start's to come alive, colour, light & texture are added and layers are fundamental to all my piece's. Wether I am sketching, painting or using photoshop