I am essentially an Oil Painter and create work inspired by the rich variety of landscape in Scotland, whether Urban, Lochs, Seas or Mountains. I am also endlessly fascinated by anything built, the shapes of structures and the textures of stone and brick. Many of my paintings take me back to earlier times when buildings stood without the clutter of modern day roads, vehicles and all associated with these.
I was born in Halifax, West Yorkshire, that was in 1945, far too long ago to remember! It was always thought I was interested in drawing as my young childhood was spent drawing in books, on walls in fact on anything that stayed still long enough. I remember getting into lots of trouble as the books were from the library and the walls were in the house and papered!
Having survived to young adulthood I headed off to Art College in Bradford and met similar souls obsessed with paint and image making. It was here that the delights of ceramic art opened up. I'm still making some pottery today which can be seen at some of the craft fairs I show at. David Hockney was a student at Bradford but he had left for pastures new by my time there.
It was thought that a good, honest job would be in order so after 2 years at Bradford, I went off to South Yorkshire, foreign parts these were, to study at Bretton Hall to be an art teacher.
An interesting period followed; marriage, teaching, emigrating to Australia to teach , arrival of our daughter. After 4 years in Aussie, I returned to the UK and a good career in education, 37 years in fact "at the chalk face". During all this time, I sketched and painted, selling some, filling cupboards with others. Serious selling started in 1990 when these cupboards were overflowing. I then became a regular exhibitor at a number of Yorkshire galleries. My works are now in homes across the UK and in many other countries.
Scotland beckoned on my early retirement. My wife Margaret and I had enjoyed holidays in Scotland for years so it was an easy decision to make about emigrating once again this time to Angus. It was also a return for Margaret to the land of her birth. That was in 2007, and also marked the change to full time artist . A quick look through the galleries will show the range of works now inspired by the wonderful Scottish land, sea, mountain and light. My other fascination is paintings re-creating images from the recent past. Some of these are actual places, painted using original source material, others are purely from my imagination.
As I work mainly in oils, they last beyond a lifetime and all my paintings are varnished for protection and do not need to be behind glass. Prints are available of most paintings. I take a wide range of commissions and can work from clients own photographs or by visiting the site. I also paint portraits and animal studies. Costs are given before work commences but is not paid until you are fully satisfied with the results, even if this means starting again!!
Buying direct from me results in lower prices as opposed to gallery sales which usually carry their charges on top of the painting price.
email: Geoffrey Riley firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: Direct - 01307 818452 Mobile: talk or text 07856 547182 or 07484 696529
Web page: www.riley-originalpaintings.co.uk