Born in Somerset in 1955. From a family of artists and writers.
Tutored by Roy Nebbs, an RA exhibitor. Attended West Dean College on a portrait painting course, but mainly self-taught. Worked briefly in London for the film producer Richard Goodwin.
Taught portrait painting for 15 years for Gloucestershire County Council Adult Education and general painting at Oxfordshire County Council Burford Community College.
Began painting professionally in 1975, including graphic design, photography, picture framing, picture restoration, framing and frame decoration tuition, book illustration, portrait painting, and exhibiting and selling non-commissioned work.