Art was the only thing I was any good at at school. However, I chose not to go to art college after ‘A’ levels and spent a few years failing to become a rock and roll star. Eventually, I went on to study performing arts at Dartington Hall in the mid 1970s and then qualified as a teacher.
I returned seriously to art in the late 1990s after a varied career path (including musician, community artist, actor, arts administrator and consultant, sign maker and, finally, professional magician since 1989!). I started with adult evening classes and then a part time Foundation Course at Stafford College. I stayed on there to do a two year Fine Art HND (Distinction). Following this, I was asked to be the college’s resident Fine Art practitioner and, later, a sessional tutor.
Although I still work as an entertainer from time to time, I am concentrating on my work as an artist – exhibiting where possible and generally trying to promote, exhibit and sell my work. I am a figurative artist who aims to work (where possible) from direct observation. I paint in oils and draw in pastels, charcoal and coloured pencils. Occasionally, I stray into three dimensions with small sculptures and handmade boxes. I regularly teach in my own studio and demonstrate, lecture and run workshops at art groups across the UK.
In 2007, after nearly 25 years of living in Stafford, we moved to the North West when my wife returned to university in Preston to study ceramics. We lived in a tiny hamlet close to Lytham on the Fylde coast. I worked from there and a studio at The Watermark in Preston.
In October 2010, we relocated to the outskirts of Bungay in Suffolk and now live in a small cottage in the beautiful Waveney valley where we have established our pottery and painting studios.