I was born in the small village of Waterhead, Oldham in 1949.
Waterhead, at that time, was dominated by cotton mills, where many hundreds of people were employed. On leaving school I served an apprenticeship as a mechanical engineer. I am now semi-retired after running my own engineering business for over 30 years, and have started to paint my childhood memories... of working people and their environments.
I am a self-taught artist, having had no formal art training.
However from a young age I have always been interested in art, and have been a keen collector of northern contemporary artwork for many years.
It has been said that my work is of a naive style with crisp lines and vibrant colours, which create warm unique pictures that capture the times of the northern textile industry. Painting originally for my own pleasure, I quickly found an enthusiastic audience for my work.