I was born and raised in Southport where my father
owned a bicycle shop. I knew that I wanted to be an artist from the age
of nine and my family supported my choice. After attending the Liverpool School of
Art in 1943, I went to the Royal Academy School where I spent a year
studying drawing. In the 1950s, I won a scholarship to study in Paris,
where I met many of the famous artists of the Paris art scene, including
Maurice Esteve and Picasso. Lydia Corbett, Picasso’s "ponytail model"
is still a dear friend.
While in Paris, I studied the process of aquatint etching under Johnny Friedlaender. I travelled throughout the French countryside and collected drawings that would form the basis for my architectural landscape paintings. During my early years in London I focused on large canvases in an abstract expressionist tradition, before
returning to landscape paintings worked in a structured style using an
earthy, muted palette.
In the 1980s I "migrated" to Oundle, where I have lived ever since.