As a youngster, I always liked to draw. The walls were my easels.
Not far from where I lived in Żurrieq, there was a cobbler and I used to sit in his shop, sketching knights in armour and birds on paper. He suggested that I attend art classes in Valletta, but at that time it was out of the question!
In the early 80’s I eventually started going to evening classes under Mr. Harry Alden. I kept on painting and started to enjoy it even more! I had a job as a sign-writer, and that kept me closer to paints and brushes.
As time went by I started painting in oils, and kept improving despite having limitations in my hands. I tried watercolours and pastels; it felt really good! I also used to paint outdoors whenever I had time- I just took my paints, brushes & easel and enjoy the scenery!
I then joined the army and painting took a halt. I would still occasionally make some sketches and a few drawings, but during this period in life I went to my field more frequently. I grew fruits and vegetables for the pleasure and personal satisfaction agriculture gave me. The outdoors was simply the food for my soul, close to nature but away from art.
Unfortunately, I lost the use of both my knees. I require the use of callipers and a walking stick. Without them I am bound to a wheelchair.
The urge to paint revived within, and I used all kinds of media, and this time I also began to frame my work. It is truly satisfying to see my work hanging on walls.
I chose ‘’My Malta’’ for this exhibition, as this is the Malta I remember. Technology was a black-and-white television and a dial telephone ...if you were lucky. Traffic was mainly carts, and a car or van few and far apart. Boats were hand-made out of wood, and fishermen would manually haul them from the sea after their catch. Painting these episodes takes me back in time. What remains the same are our blue skies, seas and sun-kissed buildings.
I participated in a few joint exhibitions with other artists, and my work was appreciated. Now I have the opportunity of going solo thanks to the support of my family, especially Sean, and beloved wife Maria.