Artist Statement -

Born in Much Wenlock Shropshire, England 1957.One of 14. My family life and upbringing was in the countryside. Always having a love for wildlife and animals, Archibald Thorburn,Fenwick Landsdowne,Raymond Harris Ching,David Shepherd,Rembrant and Mary Cassat were great influences in the early stages and latter stages of my work, this was complimented with having a grandfather who was an artist and a father who was a gamekeeper.

Much of my work was self taught up to the age of 18, this was when my first sale of original paintings took place in Salt Spring Island, Canada.Bought by a collector of wildlife paintings who had noticed my work through a member of my family who lives there.

In 1985 I started to work for Shropshire Trust For Nature Conservation,providing illustrations of wildlife subjects for schools and colleges. My work started to be recognised and other opportunities arose including other wildlife and community based projects. Whilst visiting Shropshire Conservation Group one day, David Attenborough commented that I should develop this skill further.

So in 1993 after a four year course I obtained a BA(Hons) in Visual Communication, specialising in Illustration at Wolverhampton University. On graduating tutors were impressed with my life drawing and portrait skills. Pursuing their advise I proceeded to complete many portrait comissions, and in 1996 I was approached by the BBC who comissioned me as a Court Artist which is the work I carry out to the present date.

I continue to take on comissions of wildlife and portrait subjects. I am developing my own style and hope to have a one man exhibition in the near future.

Artist Exhibitions

1987-Solihull, Birmingham, West Midlands

1987-Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England

New! Ludlow Library, Shropshire, England, UK.
April 4th 2005- April 27th 2005. ...

Artist Publications

In 1986 my work was published in the Shropshire magazine. Dipicting illustrations of various species of bats for the Shropshire Bat Project. The review highlighted the myths that surround bats, and complimented the work accomplished by the project.

In 1996 after witnessing an armed robbery and giving a police interview. I was asked for a description of the offender, I produced a drawing from memory. This made headline news in the local paper, including the illustration.

The offender was recognised and advised to give himself up. I appeared on local TV news coverage giving an interview about the incident. From this the BBC approached me to work as a Court Artist making use of my photographic memory. In conclusion the offender was convicted for 7 years for armed robbery.

My work has been featured in the Sunday Mercury newspaper reporting on my work as a Court Artist.

I have also been on 2 radio stations giving accounts of my work and what it entails. To my knowledge there are only 4 other Court Artists in the UK....

Artist Collections

Mr Jenson, Salt Spring Island, Canada
Mrs J. Collins, Salt Spring Island, Canada
Private Collections Throughout UK
Danny and Julie Bedford, Salt Spring Island, Canada...

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