My Irish Grandfather was my first and greatest inspiration. As a child I watched him paint in his flat near London Bridge, The smell of linseed oil and white spirit still remind me of those days in the late 1960s early 1970s..
Whiles studying A level Art, i met Henry Moore who gave tours of his studios in Perry Green, Hertfordshire in the early 1980s to small groups of Art students. He talked about the way he worked while working on his small Marquette's , the whole experience made a huge impact on me.
After a foundation course at Watford School of Art, Degree in fine art at Birmingham School of Art, I worked as a screen printer for a couple of years to save up to study and live in Southern Spain.where I studied Spanish at Malaga University from 1989 to 1990, near Picasso’s birthplace in the City Centre.
I have painted landscapes in Ronda, Andalusia, since the early 1980s, i still love it there.
Ronda was home to the great David Bomberg, who continues to inspire me to this day.
Over the years i have been lucky enough I have worked at the National Gallery and The Royal Academy of Arts,
I have also taught Art and design to students in Sunderland and in Hertfordshire.
I teach every aspect of Art and design to pupils in a local primary school once a year on a voluntary basis.
I am more passionate about Art and creativity than ever before.
Commissions & Residencies
2017: Clapham Junction Commission, in Aid of Macmillan Cancer support.
2014: Artists in Residence at Tower 42 in The City of London October to December.
2012 :Commissioned to paint "Blackfriars Station" by the construction company.
2011: Commissioned to produced a 20ft oil on canvas triptych of the Thames for "Most" bar inside Tower Bridge, Shad Thames, SE1.
2011: Commissioned to produce a painting of the " BBC Radio London" Route master bus.
2008 :Commissioned to paint a large canvas of Hertford County Hall. This hangs in the office of the Leader of Hertfordshire County Council in County Hall.
2013: Awarded 2nd prize "2013 Derwent Art Prize: Mall Galleries, The Mall, London. Pencil Museum, Keswick , Cumbria.
2018:Victoria Train Station, London. SW1 ( In aid of Macmillan cancer support )
2016: Hertford Theatre. Hertford. Hertfordshire..
2012: Reading room gallery, Frith Street, Soho, London. W1
2011: GSK House, Brentford.
2010: Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, Euston Road, London. NW1
2010: Reading room gallery, Frith Street, Soho, London. W1
2009: Courtyard Art Gallery, Hertford.
1994 :Forty Hall, Enfield, Middlesex.
1992: Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn, London.
1991 :Watford Central Library, Hempstead Road, Herts.
1990: Malaga University, Malaga City Centre, Spain.
2014, 2016, 2018: Stars on Canvas, Regent Street in 2014 & Piccadilly in 2016 and 2018.
2014: Draw, Hertford Theatre. Hertford. Hertfordshire..
2013 -Derwent Art Prize :Pencil Museum, Keswick, Cumbria. Dec 2013 - Jan 2014
2013: Derwent Art Prize, The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London.
2012 : Fields of vision: Orleans House Gallery, Riverside, Twickenham,TW1 3DJ
2011 : Parallax Art Fair, La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall, London. SW1
2010 : Cross my Art, 210 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, London. with Stuart McAlpine Miller
2008: Artshed Hertfordshire open Arts Fair, Artshed, West mill Farm, Ware, Herts.
2000: Ealing Theatre, London with John Butcher.
1995: North East Artists open, Middlesbrough.