Noel has had a 40 year career as a professional artist moving from an apprenticeship as a lithograpic artist to become one of Belfast's foremost Designer/Illustrators.After working for many leading printing & advertising companies including 7 years spent in the art studio of the Belfast Telegraph Noel moved to the Co. Antrim countryside to set up a fish farm where he pursued his interest in breeding and rearing trout.
He kept his contact with the art world with a variety of freelance commissions,including a spell as technical illustrator with the ill-fated Delorean Motor Co.It was at this time that he began to take a serious interest in oil painting as a means of recording the rural life he loved so well,especially the characters and customs of a time gone by.
His paintings are full of nostalgia with glimpses of a gentler time,now sadly gone forever,but within most people's memory.
His love of the countryside and the people and animals who work on the land is evident in his paintings and is reinforced by his excellent draughsmanship.
Art review / Stewart Moore