Prior to my formal art training, I spent two years in the studio of the late French tapestry designer, Dom Robert. This was to prove a strong influence for me with its decorative emphasis of pattern, texture and linear design.
I spent three years at Wimbledon College of Art in the early 1960's eventually specializing in stained glass, wood engraving, graphic design and lettering in which I took my diploma. My grounding in calligraphy and hand made letter forms was to stand me in good stead when I came to glass engraving later on. Three years in a stained glass studio preceded seven years teaching art in the private school sector. It was later on that the fortunes of chance brought me to the delights of glass engraving.
I became a craft member of the Guild of Glass Engravers in 1978, and ten years later I was elected an Associate Fellow. In 1997 I was made a Fellow, and I am also a member of the Contemporary Glass Society.