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 artists work 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.
I now have my paintings in collections in the UK, Europe, USA, Thailand, China, Australia and New Zealand.
I was elected into the Manchester Academy Of Fine Art, MAFA in 2017. I am also a member of The Association Of British Naïve Artists, ABNA.
I am honoured to have one of my paintings in the permanent collection of Gallery Oldham.
My work in the past, has been exhibited at the following municipal and private galleries:
Salford Museum & Art Gallery
The Mercer Gallery, Harrogate.
Contemporary Six Gallery, Manchester
Longitude Gallery, Clitheroe
Millyard Gallery, Uppermill
Art In The Mill, Knaresborough
Wendy Levy Gallery, Didsbury
County Galleries, Altrincham
Ascot Studios, Ribchester
Harrison Lord Gallery, Brighouse
Ryburn Gallery, Sowerby Bridge
A C Gallery, Huddersfield
Colourfield Gallery, Poynton
Delamore Art, Devon
The Picture House Gallery, Padiham
The Gallery Leek, Leek
Smart Gallery, Redbrick Mill, Batley
Smart Gallery, Crimple Hall, Harrogate
Collect Art, Lymm
The Acorn Gallery, Pocklington
The Crypt Gallery, St Ives