My working life until quite recently was spent in provincial journalism, as a local newspaper reporter. I worked on numerous titles including the Kent & Sussex Courier, the Westmorland Gazette, the North Wales Weekly News and the Dawlish Gazette, and took a year out to work in Australia on the Townsville Daily Bulletin in North Queensland.
Art was my favourite subject at school, but was put on the back burner for several decades while I worked in newspaper offices.
During my time in Somerset, working on the Wells Journal and the Somerset Standard, I started painting at adult education classes, and when I moved to Cornwall in 2010 the time had come to take my hobby more seriously.
I now have a small studio in the garden, and get out there to paint as much as I can.
I have a holiday annexe I let out, and a horse that needs riding, but there is always time for some painting. Art has provided an excellent excuse to take days off and explore the coast further afield to find new views to paint. I enjoy getting out to the rugged scenery of West Penwith, and the sweeping beaches around St Agnes and Newquay on the north coast.
Attending courses at the Newlyn School of Art and the St Ives School of Painting have helped me develop my style and discover new techniques.
I joined Coverack Art Club soon after moving to Rinsey, and am now the club’s chairman. Travelling to Coverack regularly has enabled me to discover the wonderful scenery around the Lizard, and to exhibit at our annual spring show.
I have had a number of joint exhibitions at the Lifeboat Art Studio in Porthleven, and sold my Porthleven Christmas cards there in aid of the RNLI.
I am a member of the newly formed Ashton Arts Group, and take part in Open Studios each spring.