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.
I now have my paintings in collections in the UK, Europe, USA and the Far East.
I am a member of ABNA, The Association Of British Naive Artists
My work in the past, has been exhibited at the following municipal and private galleries:
Salford Museum & Art Gallery; Gallery Oldham; The Mercer Gallery, Harrogate.
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.
Contemporary Six Gallery, Manchester.
The Picture House Gallery, Padiham.
The Gallery Leek, Leek.
Entwistle Art and Framing, Macclesfield.
Smart Gallery, Redbrick Mill Batley.
Smart Gallery, Crimple Hall Harrogate.
Collect Art Gallery, Lymm.
The Acorn Gallery, Pocklington.
The Crypt Gallery, St Ives.