Born 1966 in Preston, Andy Walmsley left school with no qualifications and little direction but for thirty years has made a living working in design and branding. In recent years however, due to the work becoming more and more digitised Andy felt a need to get more hands on and took up painting in oils.
Although he started by painting portraits, he soon combined his love of painting with his passion for cycling. Roads have now become his theme. Having a constant drive to keep moving on, the open road gives Andy his sense of freedom and feeling of escape and this is what he tries to convey in paint.
Andy is prolific in his work and likes to work at pace and in the moment. This he feels best reflects the feeling of the ride. He does not labour over his work, as the light is always changing when he is cycling and there is always movement. His work is impressionistic and captures a brief moment.
Andy's style is forever progressing and changing as he moves through different landscapes. His main location is the Trough of Bowland in the North of England.