I was born in Leeds in 1939. After studying for a National Diploma in Design (N.D.D.) in Painting and Lithography at Batley School of Art under Robert Lee, I moved to the Midlands in 1964 to train as an Art teacher at the Birmingham School of Art Education. In 1980 I achieved an M.A. in Art Education. Until 1997 I taught Art and Design, mainly to students training to become Primary school teachers, completing my full-time career as Head of Creative Arts at Westhill College, Birmingham. Subsequently I have worked on the Visual and Performing Arts course at the University of Birmingham School of Education and acted as an Academic Adviser for Practical and Practical/Theoretical Courses in Art at the University of Birmingham School of Continuing Studies. I am still a part-time teacher at the University of Warwick Institute of Education. Throughout my career in teaching I was actively engaged in the production and exhibition of art works and on the strength of this, in 2003, I was appointed to full membership of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (R.B.S.A.).