I was born in London, but later moved with my family to Essex when I was 3 years old. I was interested in drawing and painting from an early age and continued doing art at school until 16, but then concentrated on other subjects at ‘A’ level. After graduating in Management Sciences from Warwick University and studying for professional qualifications in personnel management, I worked as a personnel manager, in the private and public sectors, in London, Birmingham and Norwich. I moved to East Yorkshire in 1979, first to Hull and then to Pocklington, near York, in 1991. I worked for the City of York Council and the University of York, where I was the Deputy Director of Personnel.
I started drawing again over 30 years ago, but with a busy career and a family to look after, there wasn’t much time to devote to it! After a 20-year career in personnel management, I decided to concentrate on art again and build a new career based on that. I became a student again, achieving the HNC in Fine Art at York College. Following that I studied and practiced Printmaking, also at York College.