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Born in Plymouth in 1964
I have always produced art from a young age, and as a child I knew that one day I would be selling my art in Galleries. I was not conceited about it; it was just that that’s where I saw myself even from around 10yrs old it was my vision.
I did not have a great early childhood as my father who I idolised died at the age of 39 while I was 13yrs old at the time. I had 2 older brothers and a younger sister and brother. My Mum found it hard to bring us up on her own. At the age of 14 I started to work for my Uncle who had his own scaffolding business. This enabled me to help my Mum out a little.
I had the chance to go to Plymouth collage of art when I was at school but turned it down as it would have meant not being able to earn money to help my Mum. I have done many varied lines of work but always produced my art and had exhibitions here and there wherever I could and had some success with them. I was told by many of the galleries in Plymouth to do harbours as at the time I did abstract and surreal work. I always said ‘No’ as there were too many others doing that kind of thing. For some yrs I started to design some sea life artwork which I sold in many aquariums here in the UK and also in France. I produced this work as Prints, Key-rings, fridge magnets, bookmarks and car air fresheners. I moved to Scotland just over 5 yrs ago to work more intensely on furthering my art career and getting a larger portfolio together. I spent a whole yr just working on some abstract work that I had been Developing for a while and it was shortly after this that I was walking around Banff harbour just enjoying the peace and serenity when I suddenly saw in my head an Image of the houses as a simple line drawing with just one house coloured. It was so clear that I went home and did a little drawing. I knew that I had created something a little special and from that moment I have found it very hard to keep up with the demand. The strange thing is that all my previous work is so detailed and intricate that it’s hard for me to work so simply. I added a little cat to the pictures after the first dozen so there are a few out there ‘catless’. But it has become a real focus to my work and adds a little touch of humour.
I now exhibit my work all over Scotland and some galleries in Plymouth and Tiverton.