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Exile, erosion of Identity, imagined worlds, and particle physics are central themes. What is life? Universes of particles scattered all around. My work represents another world that I can own, in which I can ask great questions of myself, and hide. Lost worlds collide, are destroyed and created, in various stages between development and falling apart, mirroring the trials, and victories in life.

I'm a self-taught artist and have worked as an engineer for 20 years.

I am both an engineer and an artist. I am 3 different artists. I love painting nature and landscapes to try and capture the beautiful force in front of our eyes. Another artist within me loves to show up at the page/canvas and paint from within via line, colour and form to create abstract works in watercolour and acrylic. The third artist within me likes to take all the artworks of the first two artists and remix and layer them into digital works.  I photograph my paintings, and use them to create new media art. My initial art is cannibalised and taken on a subconscious walk through digital technology at night when I'm too tired for rational thought. Paintings are cut, pasted, and manipulated, into new media, and eventually come out unrecognisable. Layer is added to layer until a finished piece appears. I giclée print only one of each on quality photo-rag or German Etching paper.

Themes aren't always understood by me. I just show up and the subconscious takes charge. As artists our only necessity is to show-up at the tablet, page or canvas. Some creative "force" then takes charge.


I am a self taught artist, and an engineer. I have drawn and painted all my life. Without art I am nothing.



2016 Solo Exhibition at the British Embassy in Luanda, Angola of my Luanda watercolours.

2018 Group Exhibition at Melrose Gallery

2019 Group Exhibition for MacMillan Cancer in Edinburgh


1997 UCD Bachelor Mechanical Engineering

I won first prize in the annual Visual Art Society exhibition in 1997 at UCD


2020 August a selection of my Scottish landscape watercolour paintings will appear in the Tualach Restaurant at the Blair Atholl Golf Club in Perthshire.

Recent courses attended include Alvaro Castagnet, Aine Divine, and Alfons Bytautas.

© 2020 by Hansford and Sons Fine Art Ltd.