My life has always leaned heavily towards the creative. Born 1970, in Australia, and growing up in Africa and Scotand, my childhood was full of active imagination, nature and many hours creating. After school years and Art College, a Higher National Diploma in traditional/industrial Modelmaking led to a decade working in that industry (architectural, product design and advertising modelmaking). For five of those years I was employed as an external lecturer by Chelsea College of Art & Design, teaching model making to interior design students.
A few years of partying, skydiving and travelling fits in hazily somewhere around this time...
I retrained during the emergence of CGI technology (Computer Generated Imagery), and set a different course as the next decade I went digital. After being asked to set up a CGI studio in London for an image retouching company, Act Two (formerly Actis Studios), I specialised in creating photo-realistic still images for blue chip global advertising agencies. The studio became its own company, Um..CGI, with offices in London and New York, and I became a Director. As my role became more about managing a team, art direction, and shmoozing with clients, so my hands-on artistry started to take a back seat. After receiving advice from a plant, I knew this was not the direction I wished to pursue.
Whilst life might have looked good from the outside, my heart was telling me that my happiness did not lie in this direction, so I quit, travelled to Africa to undergo a rite-of-passage initiation into an ancient shamanic tradition, became a married man, moved out of London to a cabin deep in the woods on the edge of Dartmoor, Devon, and started to engage with life in a different way. Becoming a trapeze artist, a woodsman, and a DJ, meditating and deep-diving into the realms of shamanic plant medicines, learning songs and instruments from African forests - these experiences gave me a treasure trove of inspiration to pull from. After many years of working for and on other peoples designs and ideas, I finally began a re-exploration of my own artistry and inspiration.
My artwork practice can be roughly divided into sculptural work, which utilises many natural materials found on my travels (driftwood, feathers, bones, seeds etc), and more figurative and abstract paintings using the more traditional mediums of oils and acrylics.
The moniker I use for my artwork, Mometo, is one of the names given to me through the tradition of Bwiti. It means “Pygmee man”, and it is in this spirit that my artwork is created.
I work as an artist and teacher, a gardener and a guide. What i promote is the deep meditational experience, the joy and limitless potential that comes from the process itself, once we move beyond our own self-criticism and judgement. The Creative force runs through us all, and can be accessed and enjoyed by all. To this end, I offer one-to-one tuition in accessing the creative within, and in conjunction with Ram Chatlani - www.taomeditation.eu we offer week long immersive courses in the French Pyrenees, combining art, meditation and movement - we call the workshop Artistry Evolves www.artistryevolves.com
For me artistry, music, and movement are intimately connected with personal well-being. A decade of investigation into indigenous shamanic cultures and the study of Pygmy polyphonic music, alongside three decades spent in many creative worlds, has, for me, validated this statement.