I studied art at Birmingham School of Art and Design and have taken a degree in Fine Art. I studied a foundation year at Bournville School of Art. I also studied geology at Keele university and have taken a BSc degree and MA at Birmingham university. I am self employed now as a geology consultant and also work as an artist. My work is very much influenced by the post impressionists particularly by artists like Van Gogh, Max Beckman. Ludwig Kirchnir, Kees von Dongen and Jan Sluitjers. I almost never work from photographs preferring to work directly from the subject. I work pleinair on landscape subjects mainly in the Birmingham area but also further afield as well in Iceland, Europe, South America and Antartica. I believe in the discipline of drawing and draw every day in my sketchbooks and have drawn in 30 countries to date. As well as painting in acrylics I work in watercolour, tempera and oils. I also create art through printmaking, etching and some sculpture and ceramics.