I grew up in Yorkshire and as far as I can remember I have loved drawing. My Father was an accomplished artist, an Associate of the Royal College of Art and became a major influence in the greeting card industry. Under his guidance and encouragement, I developed quickly and won many national painting competitions in my youth.
My formal art training began at Bradford College of Art among a rich seam of talent, David Hockney being the leading light. After art college I joined the then ‘Sharpes Classic’ greeting card company, where as a very junior apprentice washing palettes and water pots I eventually graduated to design manager.
After a period of ten years I enrolled in the Famous Artists School of America, under the leadership of Norman Rockwell, studying illustration and design and this gave me the confidence to branch out as a freelance designer.
I have continued to design for the greeting card market, selling to every major European and American publisher through my London agent. However recently I have spent more time painting, specialising in landscape and wildlife, and have exhibited regularly with the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and the National Exhibition of Wildlife Artists.
I have been fortunate and privileged to have earned my living from my art all my life and nothing gives me greater pleasure than helping other artists to realise their potential. Consequently, I enjoy giving demonstrations and workshops for local Art Groups and seeing latent talent blossom.
I specialise in Acrylics and Gouache and love to depict the interplay of light on the landscape and living where I do in the Goyt Valley I have ample opportunity to observe and enjoy the countryside.