I started drawing when I was knee high to a grasshopper but didn’t pick up my first brush until the age of twelve. This was when I first started to paint in oils with my Uncle, Peter Hopkinson who is a fantastic artist. We ventured into the Derbyshire countryside with canvases and easels, and that is where it all began!
For many years I have undertaken watercolour, oil, acrylic and graphite commissions and have painted portraits, landscapes and animals.
I now paint as a full time artist and have nearly 40 years of experience. I love every minute of my work, though the time always seem to go too quickly when I paint!
I live in North Devon and spend many weekends out and about in the local countryside. So when I’m not painting wildlife I like looking for and watching it in the natural environment.
When I am asked what would be my preferred subject I would say without a doubt birds and animals! I love trying to get the life within the eyes in my finely detailed realistic paintings.
My focus these days is on the teaching of my style and techniques and I do this through written PDFs, YouTube, Vimeo and Patreon. I like to call Patreon my ‘online school’! It is a subscription based platform with new content and tutorials being added all the time. I create and edit videos of my painting projects, these are building into a substantial back catalogue which you get complete access to as a member. I really do feel that I have found my niche, I absolutely love teaching others and love even more to see the progress people make as they work on the projects. My paint brushes are still very rarely dry, I am still painting but I also spend a lot of time video editing!