Ever since I was very small, perhaps as young as three? I'd always take myself off and draw. It has been an obsession of mine for as long as I can remember?
wildlife and animals have always been my main passion and I love to draw from life whereever possible, however as fashions change that kind of art has become less popular so I've had to steer myself more towards the design world. Most of my designs are done digitally, this enables the designs to be modified and changed towards the customers needs, and adpated to more than one product.
Over the years I have exhibited a lot, mostly with my oil paintings. As you can see by the portrait of this little girl my natural style is fairly carefree, I usually end up wearing more paint than is on the canvas. Ive been very fortunate in my life to be surrounded by fantastic painters who have influenced me and been very generous with advice, I know I wouldnt be where I am today without the late Mick Cawston, who made me take a sketch book whereever I went, and I mean everywhere! from sketching people in cafes and pubs to crawling in muddy bogs to draw exmoor ponies and deer. We took painting from life to the extreme! being balanced on rocks, to actually having our easels in the river! He believed that drawing from life is the truest form of art and you cannot begin to do anything else until you'd mastered that.
Mick also started me exhibiting, and took me to the trade fairs to show me all the areas I could take my art. Malcome Coward, Barry Peckham and Colin Allbrook have also all been hugely influencial in my career.
Many other family and friends have also been a huge support, they know who they are and Im very thankful to you all.