“While I was at grammar school, my interest in Art was fired by an excellent teacher. Although my sixth form studies were Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics the friendly art master allowed me to attend his lessons during my free periods, resulting in an additional “A” level. On leaving school, two years National Service loomed. My “A” levels enabled me to train as a radar mechanic in the R.A.F. On “demob” I was accepted as a student at a teacher training college, where my interests led to special studies of Art, Craftwork, Music and English Literature.

The teaching career which followed took me to Sheffield, Chatham, Rochester, Hong Kong, Cyprus and finally, Derby, where I worked as headmaster for 25 years. The qualifications after my name were gained at Loughborough and Nottingham Universities. It was the life drawing at Derby Sketching Club which first caught my interest. Now, as a fairly seasoned member and Chairman of the club, I enjoy the company of many friendly amateur artists.”