He was born in Accrington - Lancashire and is an artist who specialises in monochrome landscapes. He trained at The Slade School of Fine Art from 1965 to 1969. In 1971 he moved to Green Howarth near Haslingden and painted landscapes for 2 years before abandoning painting in favour of pen and ink drawings. From 1978 he worked as a postman eventually giving it this up in 1985 to work as a full time artist.
He lived in Devon from 1988 to 2004 before being offered the post of Associate Artist at The National Gallery.
He now uses only black and white in his work as he sees colour as an unnecessary distraction. He is well know for his "London Paintings" which were displayed in The National Gallery and he has shown at many other major exhibitions includings ones at The Courtauld Institute and The Universiry of Plymouth.