I grew up in a village near Northampton, where my father taught me the huge enjoyment to be had from really looking at nature and wildlife wherever it was to be found. As my youthful ambitions to own a zoo or work with Jane Van Lawick-Goodall didn’t materialise, I turned my love of birds and animals to something a bit more tangible.
Following a Fine Art Foundation course at Northampton School of Art I trained as a landscape architect at Leeds Polytechnic. In 1979 I decided to pursue a career in woodcarving and I was lucky enough to be given a set of old chisels, originally belonging to my grandfather's uncle who had been a cabinet maker in his spare time, and a workbench which had belonged to my grandfather.
My first workshop was in Clerkenwell, London, and I began by selling my carvings at the Apple Market in Covent Garden, before starting to sell through galleries, exhibitions and commissions. When I started to have some of my pieces cast in bronze it brought a new dimension to my work.
I lived and worked in East Sussex for two and a half years before coming to Cardiff in 1989 where I have lived ever since. My career has been interspersed with raising a family.
My work has been exhibited and sold at several galleries and exhibitions in England and Wales, including the Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London, the Royal West of England Academy Autumn Exhibition, the ‘Nature in Art’ Gallery at Wallsworth Hall, and the St David’s Hall Gallery in Cardiff.