I have been working as a professional artist since 1984 after working in the printing industry since leaving school at fifteen years of age.
My first recollection of my interest in art was when, at the age of four, my mother had me drawing the next door neighbour when she sat on the settee with a gin and tonic at their home in Great Clacton, Essex. This interest continued throughout growing up with many hours spent in the library pouring over books on art and artists. Early inspiration also came from TV programmes such as Adrian Hill’s Sketch Club shown weekly in fifties.
After completing an apprenticeship as a machine minder and using up all of my spare time practicing drawing and painting on site I produced paintings for The Frinton Gallery, Essex on a regular basis, ending with a one man show in the early 1970’s. From this almost sell out exhibition many private commissions came my way. I continued to paint and exhibit as a semi-professional artist until accepting the offer of redundancy from printing in 1984 when I turned to painting as a full time profession.
The Art & Craft Centre in Dedham, Essex housed my work for eight years where I spent many hours painting the local landscape and architecture. I also worked for Adult Education at Clacton-on-Sea teaching Watercolour and Oil painting where we worked out of doors as much as possible. Commissions from this period included The 40th Field Artillery, Lockwood Calendars along with the The Artist and Illustrators Magazine and many private clients.
In 1992 I moved from the Craft Centre and joined forces with antiques dealer Margaret Cadman and together opened Shakespeare House in Dedham, showing my work and that of other artists in the Garden Gallery. Over the years Shakespeare House has evolved to greeting cards, gifts, home accessories, jewellery and artists materials.
Having recently moved to the Heritage Coast area of Suffolk I now am looking forward to producing many paintings of this inspiring part of England.