I grew up on the coast of south west Cornwall and my relationship with art began before I had even started school. I remember being taken to Penzance library, where I would gaze at huge paintings by artists from the Newlyn School, which towered above me and pulled me into their world. I was captivated. Art had well and truly entered my veins. After A' Levels I chose to study wildlife photography and illustration at Dyfed College of Art. However, being young and free spirited, I dropped out of art college and thus, my formal art education ended. Life then led me down a different path, but my passion for art never waned.
As an artist, I'm mostly inspired by nature and my style is very much in the realism camp, particularly when painting wildlife and pet portraits. My move to producing pet portraits grew organically from my early passion for painting wildlife and I have honed my skills over the past 30+ years. I currently produce a mixture of commission and non-commission work. I enjoy commissions, because they allow me to create art that is meaningful and individual to someone other than myself and I regard it as a privilege to do so. Many hours are spent on each commission and every detail is aimed at creating a keepsake that will be treasured for many years. I am fortunate to have painted for clients from across the UK and as far afield as the US and Australia, although it's especially lovely when I get to meet people face to face. Most commissions are for pet portraits, although I'm just as happy to paint other subjects - all you have to do is ask!
If you've made it this far, thanks for reading! And if you haven't already seen examples of my work, follow this link to my galleries.