I’ve been lucky enough to have won a few awards over the years.
Wildlife Artist of the Year: Category winner – 2019.
Marwell: Best Bird in Exhibition – 2011
Marwell: Best in Exhibition – 2010
Exmoor: Best in Exhibition – 2010
A jobbing artist: After about 4 years painting and getting to know something about the art industry, I’ve had quite a bit of success. Sold lots of paintings, shown work in London exhibitions and had the great pleasure of working with some really nice people on commissions.
I’ve also learnt a huge amount as well. For example, failure is part of success. Not everything has gone to plan and if you get too affected by that, you’ll never succeed. Also, happiness is about the day to day life you lead right now, not an achievement for the future.
Here’s to more learning.
9 April 2015
A new life starts with me giving up full time work and trying to make a living as an artist.
2001 – 2015
General work years: I worked in Customer Services for a total of 14 years. Think rat race, management, policies, travel, money, late nights, all the usual exciting things associated with working life. I was lucky enough to be relatively successful though, which enabled me and my (ever supportive) wife Carol to save enough money to break free.
During these years, I entered many paintings into many exhibitions. I sold most of them, even winning an award or two. Although, I didn’t get much time to paint, I was building skills and confidence.
1996 – 2001
For 5 years, I worked as a freelance illustrator doing paintings for various clients on both sides of the Atlantic, including Readers Digest, BBC Wildlife Magazine and New Holland Press.
This was a mixed time for me. I loved to paint but was finding the restrictive nature of the work difficult. The client would dictate much (if not all) of the creative process, meaning that there was little for me to do but paint the required image. As a result I stopped being an illustrator after five years.
1991 – 1996
Over these years, I studied scientific illustration at Southampton Institute and Blackpool and the Fylde College of Art.
The image you see on the left (of a spotted orchid) was chosen for publication in a natural history magazine to advertise Blackpool and the Fylde College.