After studying Painting, Illustrating and, secretly, double bass playing at Southampton College of Art, I decided to move to London to earn a living, which I supported by playing bass in London Jazz bands. I did this for the next ten years and have illustrated more than two hundred children’s books, a number of which I have also written. After marrying my wife Jill, a fellow art student from Southampton, we moved back to Hampshire with our two boys Tim and Tobin. It was here that I started up both an art gallery for art, prints and posters and a judo club. I am very interested in martial arts and have been studying judo since I was fourteen.
Although I was freelancing in illustration and painting I became more interested in painting art, prints and posters since running the gallery. It was about this time when I met John Stobart, a marine painter, who was immigrating to America to set up a gallery. About a year later I joined him to study painting and run his gallery for him in Boston and for the next four years I painted and exhibited along the East Coast galleries of the United States.
Upon returning to England I continued painting art, prints and posters and one of my paintings ‘Small Cat In Large Dog’s Bed’ was voted ‘best painting’ at an exhibition, having several buyers after it. Due to its popularity I made a limited edition art print of the painting, which I showed to Washington Green. Upon seeing the print they asked me to join their portfolio of artists and I have been working with them ever since.