Ex Commando Ben Goymour - Fine Artist
Ben Goymour is mostly known as a UK Seascape artist, but he also paints Landscape, Cityscape & Animal Oil Paintings.
Supporting our Veterans
Like many veterans, I do have my struggles with PTSD. Art has truly been my therapy.
In 2019, I hit a bad patch so my wife reached out to a well-known charity to get me some support. Unfortunately, the demand for their services was so high that I was passed onto another well-known charity. It took almost three months to be assessed and offered appropriate help. My art got me thought it, unknowingly! Thankfully, by the time help was offered, I was in a better place and I didn't need their services. Not everyone has an escape and a great family behind them, which I'm very grateful to have.
This leads me on to talk about a growing charity called Phoenix Heroes PTSD Veteran Support
I want help fellow veterans who have been in my situation. I will be donating paintings to Phoenix Heroes to auction, and I will be setting up some art therapy days for our hero's. On top of that, 10% of all sales profits from my website will be donated to Phoenix Heroes.
I was born in Peterborough in 1985 where I have lived for most of my civilian life. I joined the Army at 16, serving in the 29 Commando Regiment as a Bombardier. During my service, I had the privilege of taking part in a number of tours including training in America with the US Marines, as well as three torus of Norway training in Arctic Leadership, where I was deployed as a test - if I could lead in the Arctic, they thought I could lead anywhere. When I was only 20 years old, I was sent to Afghanistan as a Section Commander.
When I eventually left the Army, I became a builder and carpenter. In February 2017, after a hiking trip to the Lake District, I had my first experience of picking up a brush. I had admired a painting in a local gallery, yet I couldn't afford to purchase it, so I decided that on my return, I would attempt to paint something myself. Little did I know that this would launch me into a new, self-taught career as a professional artist.
I became obsessed with painting, I would get up at 4am and paint before working a full day of work on site, before continuing my painting all evening. Fortunately, after a year of obsessive painting, my wife secretly approached some local galleries and renowned artist Roz Bell (of whom I am forever thankful)
By January 2021 I was selling enough art to be able to take the big leap and close my building company and focus solely on my painting.
I'm passionate about nature and adventure, so my weekends are typically filled with wild camping, hiking and paddle boarding, where I spend hours studying how light falls across various landscapes, which has become the primary focus of my fine art landscape and seascape paintings, as I seek to portray a sense of feeling and mood which can only be experienced through the eyes of the beholder, creating that "you just had to be there" feeling
I'm also incredibly enthusiastic about exploring new creative territories and experimenting with different styles and techniques - my contemporary animal artwork and cityscape collections being very different to my Seascapes. My original paintings can be seen in galleries around the UK here as in my online shop here.