He was born in Hyde - Cheshire and studied at Stockport College of Art from 1963 to 1968. He developed his unique stlye working mainly in charcoal and graphite to produce atmospheric, stylised images of the northern industrial landscape.
He had a passion for steam locomotives, and much of his work features them. His portfolio also includes other diverse subjects such as megaliths, Stonehenge, quarries and motorways under construction.
He exhibited widely in the UK including The Royal Academy and The Royal Scottish Academy. His work is represented in many public and private collections including The Tate Gallery, Salford Art Gallery and Bury Art Gallery. L. S. Lowry attended one of his early exhibitions and bought three works to hang alongside his small collection of Pre-Raphaelites.
He died in a house fire in 2001 and by this time had become an alcoholic and a reclusive figure. In 2004 Stockport Art Gallery held a major retrospective exhibtion.