When I was 9 years old my grandfather came to live with us. He was an artist and carpenter who had taught life drawing. He gave me some oil paints, and showed me how to use them and how I could make an image without an outline. I wanted to be an artist!
At 11 years old, I was sent to Sidcot, a Quaker boarding school in Somerset. The school had a very good art reputation and the art master during my first two years was John Newark. His skills and enthusiasms were in print making. I loved the print technique of building up images in layers. In 1954, James Bradley, a friend and devotee of Victor Pasmore, joined the staff as an art master and transformed our art education. I loved all of the processes that we were learning.
When I left Sidcot school I attended the Slade where I honed my craft. Since then I have been a practising artist while working as an art teacher. I retired from full time teaching in 2000 and moved to St. Ives, Cornwall where I focused on my art practise and exhibited in various galleries including the Penwith Gallery and the St. Ives Society of Artists.
Now I live in Oxford where I am developing my most recent work, concentrating on drawing and printmaking.