All my art is inspired by first-hand experience and I usually work directly from nature, compiling sketches and reference notes in the field to use later in the studio. When I have time, I enjoy the challenge of painting direct from the landscape. Throughout my life an abiding curiosity about the natural world and an obsession with drawing and painting have sustained and delighted me.
I was born in Wales a long time ago. After school in Surrey I trained as a taxidermist but then spent three years working for Trinity House as a lighthouse keeper around the coasts of England and Wales, before studying graphic design and illustration at Canterbury College of Art. Later I gained a PhD in Avian Ecology from the University of Liverpool. I subsequently taught Biology, Chemistry and general science at a Grammar school in Kent.
I have held a UK bird ringing licence since 1973 and was warden of the bird observatories at Sandwich Bay and the Calf of Man.
In 1986 I wrote and illustrated ‘A Lighthouse Notebook’, and have contributed articles on natural history and the countryside to a wide range of publications. In 2003 I won the ‘Identification plate’ category in the 'Artist of the Year Awards' run by Birdwatch magazine and supplied artwork to Eurotunnel for information panels displayed at Samphire Hoe near Dover.
I have travelled widely in search of birds and wildlife, visiting France, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Hungary, Spain, Greece, Senegal, Gambia, Canada, Ethiopia, Morocco, India and the Atlantic Islands. I now live in East Kent and spend most of my free time sketching in the woods and marshes along the Stour valley between Canterbury and the sea, although family links take me back to the Pembrokeshire coast and seabird islands whenever possible