I started illustrating professionally while still at art college studying Pure Illustration at Harrow. My first commercial illustration job was for Grants of St James’s Wine Diary, which I continued to do illustrations for throughout my college days. I was already fascinated with architecture and had a natural affinity to working with gouache and watercolour. While still at art college I won Highly Commended in the Benson & Hedges Illustrators Gold Awards for an editorial illustration called The Rewards of Friendship.
Early clients included Collett Dickinson & Pearce Advertising agency, Longmans Publishing and Conran Design and just before leaving college I exhibited two paintings and sold one at the Olivier Gallery in the National Theatre on London’s Southbank. My first painting sale! In 1984 I was invited to join David Judd Associates, then the largest privately owned design company in Europe. By 1986 I became head of the Illustration team at the newly formed DJPA International having learned to visualise and to adapt my illustrations to work in any medium or style. In 1993 I went freelance again and focused on my first love, architecture and watercolours.
Gradually, clients who had commissioned me to do an illustration began to make more and more requests to purchase the originals too. I moved out of London and began to explore painting en plein air in the landscapes of Wales and Sussex. I continue to enjoy my practices of illustration and painting side by side and I am still passionate and excited by how much I have yet to discover!
My studio has also been an occasional gallery for the past 10 years and I enjoy promoting the work of other artists. www.vision-gallery.co.uk is now a virtual gallery for sales of my paintings, prints and other gallery stock such as jewellery. VisionGallery.co.uk is currently showing the work of textile artist and printmaker Tadek Beutlich, which I am managing on behalf of Ellen Beutlich. Please follow the links if you would like to browse the online gallery.