My family have been connected to the sea since the 1700s and various generations were North Sea fishermen, boat builders and lifeboatmen.
I started off by training to be an aircraft engineer, working on planes like Concorde and the top secret, supersonic, nuclear bomber TSR2, but soon realised that my talent for drawing and painting would lead to a much more enjoyable life.
So I moved over to the Technical Publications and Advertising side of British Aerospace and then on to a few general advertising studios in London.
In 1972 I got a job as illustrator on Practical Boat Owner (PBO), which is Britain’s biggest selling yachting magazine, and ended up as Deputy Editor
I have also worked freelance for many magazines around the world and illustrated several books. The first RYA (Royal Yachting Association) training booklets were all illustrated by me, and I have also worked closely with the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) and the MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) producing illustrated safety information.
I have also been lucky enough to sail in all sorts of craft, in various parts of the world, and hold a Royal Yachting Association, Yachtmaster Offshore certificate and a Powerboat Level 2.