I was born in Sheffield in 1966 and decided I was going to be an artist at the age of 5. This tied together with the idea of being Tarzan and living a life of adventure out in the wilds somewhere. This was helped by the fact that my parents bought a house opposite a small forest and here I spent most of my free time.
After studying fine art and illustration at Psalter Lane Art College in Sheffield, I went on to Middlesex Poly (Hornsey College of Art) to study a degree in scientific illustration. This was an intense course in observation, which included human anatomy and the movement of creatures.
Then the real adventure began when I tried to find a natural environment to live in; one that would inspire my work. After years of travelling to places like Africa, Canada and Australia, I finally came to North Norfolk. It immediately felt like the right place to be. A British landscape, with a wide variety of habitats, all within a short distance, with large native creatures living within it.