I have been drawing and painting all my life. I have always had a passion for travel, exploration, the outdoors and adventure. I studied for a Fine Art painting degree in the 1990s and had an opportunity to study at the Moscow institute of Architecture (The Marhi) at that time. The experience was very influential to me and my artwork and in particular the time I spent at the Moscow Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics. I was struck by the technology, the art and the symbolism. I went on to explore my own use of Symbolism and abstract forms in my painting.
Since then I have spent my time working as a secondary school art and design teacher in Derbyshire. Teaching has given me an opportunity to not only pass on skills and ideas but also to learn from my students, to be more experimental and not be tied down by the use of media; to be freer with ideas and not precious about the final outcomes. Over the last 20 years I have taken every opportunity to travel and explore. I cycled across America, Iceland and Europe. Mountain biked in the Andes and the Amazon. I have also ridden my motorcycle to the Arctic, all in the name of personal exploration, adventure and inspiration.