Like most young children, I was never without colouring pens and pencils and was always given colouring books for Birthdays and Christmas. In primary school I copied pictures from comics or books and my art would be shown on the school walls.
In secondary school, I took pottery as one of my art subjects but soon changed it to painting and drawing. One of my uncles had drawn the fish net huts at Hastings in black ink which also inspired me to draw using a fountain pen in ink. When I left school I started employment as an apprentice engineer in a company in Mitcham Junction in Surrey.
I worked my way up through the company learning the broad based skills to become an engineering technician. I built many precision instruments which were used in conjunction with other machines for the engineering industry.
I worked as an AutoCAD draughtsman in the drawing office alongside the project engineer, assisting with designs and detailing drawings for the shop floor machinists and as support for the Instrument Shop.
Several years after leaving school I decided to go to evening classes to study Advanced level art and design. Whilst studying art one day a week, I was also going to college a further two evenings a week for NVQ in electrical installations and qualified as an electrician.
I was made redundant and found work on a temporary basis as a draughtsman for a technical graphics company in Coulsdon, Surrey, producing two and three dimensional views for an architectural database.
When the contract expired, I decided to become self employed producing and selling my own art.
The photographs I take can be of anything that I find interesting. I use the photographs as studies for future oil paintings, watercolours or greetings cards.