Born in Stourbridge in the West Midlands I had a happy but pretty average childhood for a kid growing up in the eighties. My favourite place to be was outside but if I was ever inside I loved to be creative, especially with art and later on playing guitar and music.
On leaving school I went to art college to study 3D design and although I enjoyed the course, as with many teens I was easily distracted and became easily derailed. I soon began to lose my way and eventually dropped out of art college early.
The next few years went from bad to worse, so much so that despite persistence from my family I stubbornly entered my twenties homeless, in a strange town and my only possessions could be carried in the pockets of my coat.
I hadn’t picked up a paintbrush or guitar for years but it was at this point that I started to rediscover my creative side. It was this neglected creative drive that inspired me to start writing songs and playing music again and I spent the next few years gigging with various bands up and down the country before I finally decided to go back and reclaim my education. I applied for university and it was a toss-up between studying art and studying music, but I decided to go for music.
However, while at university in Cardiff was inspired to try oil painting and was instantly hooked. Before I knew it friends and family were asking if I could do portrait commissions and ironically soon the art was helping to pay for the education in music. I was determined to do well in university and it was hard but I left with a first class BA Hons.
However, I was loving the painting so much that I was curious enough to see if I could paint some original compositions and to my surprise they turned out ok, not only that but I was lucky enough to sell them too. I have since spent the last few years living in Cardiff selling my work both privately and in UK galleries while developing the style and technique that I have today.