However, I left school straight after my exams as an oportunity presented itself to work in the shipping industry, working in a port office in Genova and then La Spezia in Italy.
While in Italy, I did attend weekend life drawing classes hosted by the well known Italian artist, Bruno Liberti in his studio in Sampierdarena, Genova.
Bruno was a very helpful tutor and I learnt a lot from him, I just wish I still had the pencil drawings that I did in his classes. He certainly had the ability to bring out the best in a budding artist.
I came back to England at the beginning of the 1980's and made my home in Cornwall where I still live today.
I have been painting with pastels ever since, inspired by the magnificent landscape and coast of the region.
Nearly 40 years later, my work has evolved at it's own pace though there are several artists who have influenced me considerably and I would have loved to attend some of their classes.
Balancing art with life and earning a sustainable living has meant that I have only exhibited three times. In the late 80's at the Claremont Hotel in Polperro, at the Wharf in Tavistock in 2015 and at the Ashtorre Rock on Saltash Waterside in 2016.
Select paintings from my portfolio are available from Saltwalls Gallery in Newquay.
Saltwalls Gallery is owned and run by fellow artist friend, Andy Pearce who is well known for his paintings in acrylic of the coast around Newquay.
Saltwalls Gallery is located in the centre of Newquay on The Crescent which leads down to the Harbour, The Marine Aquarium and Great Western Beach.
Caxton House, 2/3 The Crescent, Newquay TR7 1DT - Telephone: 07877 562977
Visit the website at: www.saltwalls.co.uk
I am a Journeyer member of The Pastel Guild of Europe which I joined to become part of an active community of artists.
For the last year I have also been the designer and editor of the quarterly Scribbler magazine for the PGE which is distributed to all members.
The Landscape / Seascape category was judged by Internationally Acclaimed artist, "Tony Allain PS, ARSMA, PSA, MC-IAPS, MPANZ"
Shown here is my winning entry, "Rising Tide at Portwrinkle"