Born in Yorkshire my early education was in Huddersfield. I gained an honours degree in Fine Art at Newcastle-upon-Tyne University and on graduating in 1971 was awarded a Bunzl travel scholarship to study in Italy. I returned to the U.K. in 1973 and lived for seven years in Bath, training as a teacher at Bristol University.
I taught Art in Bath, London and Cornwall from 1976 to 1999 and was head of Art at Mounts Bay School, Penzance from 1982 to 1999.
I was elected to membership of the National Acrylic Painters Association in 2007.
My approach to painting and drawing is based on a sense of design that was confirmed for me by two formative years spent in Italy after graduating from Art College in the 1970s. At the same time a sensuous enjoyment of colour, tone and texture is important to me. This probably stems from a childhood partly spent in the tropics as my family lived for several years in Africa.
Cornwall has brought together these various personal tastes of mine through its landscape, culture and over-arching quality of maritime light.
Newcastle-upon-Tyne University, UK (1972).
Bristol Arts Centre, UK (1974).
Penzance Arts Centre, UK (now the Acorn) (1983 & 1985)
Peninsula Suite: The Mariner's Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall UK, July 2001.
Valleys and Horizons: The Mariner's Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall UK, October 2003.
Shaping a Vision of Cornwall: The Mariner's Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall UK, April 2006.
In the Ocean Light: Spring and Steele Galleries, Falmouth Arts Centre, Cornwall, UK, 30th September to 11th October 2008.
Lived-in Landscapes from Cornwall at Chapel Row Gallery, Bath, UK (3rd - 7th April 2010)