South Luangwa, Zambia with my friend and guide James Zulu.

I was born in 1955 in Middlesex, England and had an interest in art from an early age which developed during my school years. Since then I have had experience in interior design and electrical retail management and in 1978 moved to Preston, Lancashire (about 35 miles from Liverpool) where I still live with my wife and three daughters.   I began painting full-time in 1985 and soon realized I had the "knack" of creating likenesses of people and animals and fairly quickly established myself as a portrait painter, supplying pictures to galleries and private collections world-wide.   In 1989, eager to try new things, I began painting a wider diversity of subject matter including aviation, sporting and wildlife and the subsequent acclaim for this work led me to open my own art gallery in Preston. After 6 years running the gallery I began to feel a little bogged down by the day to day running of the retail side and not spending enough time with brush and easel. So in 1996 I closed the gallery and set up a small studio in the attic at home and concentrated on doing some serious painting.   I have always been asked to produce portraits of pets - cats, dogs horses etc and it was from this that I began painting other wildlife subjects, particularly African and the "big cats". I now feel priviliged to consider myself a wildlife artist and never cease to be amazed and delighted to see the canvas come to life before my eyes.