was born near Liverpool in 1946. I enjoyed painting as a child but
developed an interest in photography in my teens and eventually took
a 3 year course in creative photography at the London College of Printing.
After that I worked as a photographer in London for another 3 years
before returning to Merseyside and a job with Customs & Excise.
This gave me the opportunity of spending my days on ships, which I
love, as a member of a rummage crew, searching for smuggled goods.
Later, in a more sedate role, I worked on Liverpool docks, examining
cargoes and I spent lunchtimes sketching and painting ships from the
comfort of an official Mini. By 1985 colleagues were buying pictures
and ex-mariners were commissioning paintings of ships. Since then
purchasers have included Harrison Line, H M Customs & Excise and
the National Customs Museum (at the Liverpool Maritime Museum). Prints
of my work are on sale at a number of galleries on Merseyside, including
The Liverpool History Shop at the Albert Dock, Liverpool and the John
Gerrard Gallery, Hoylake. In March 2001 I took early retirement from
Customs in order to paint full-time.
My inspiration comes from a love of ships and the sea (perhaps inherited
from my father who was at sea for 25 years), from the elegant shapes
of working vessels in particular and from a love of drawing and painting.