Bio


Born in 1969, I spent a wandering childhood living at British military bases in West Germany and Cyprus as well as throughout England and Scotland.

Swimming in the warm waters of the eastern Mediterranean in 1983 - wearing diving fins and face mask, breathing through a snorkel whilst clutching a three pronged spear gun - hunting fish and octopus - I had no inkling that 11 years later I would be living in a dusty post-communist Polish town in Lower Silesia, recently opened up to The West. All the result of a family holiday to the Tatra Mountains in August 1990 because of a Polish connection - my grandad. A veteran of The Battle of Monte Cassino, 1944.

I studied Engineering Physics at Sheffield City Polytechnic in the years 1988-1992, with a so-called sandwich placement spent working in a darkened optics lab at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory near Oxford, 1990-1991.

But I left the world of physics in 1992, eventually moving to Poland in 1994 in search of Bohemian adventure and to learn the Polish language.

After long days teaching English I would immerse myself in environments with people, often students, who knew no English at all. In this way I learnt to speak Polish within a few years.

In 1997 I discovered a deep interest in photography - documenting the rapidly changing streets of Poland.

After 2 seismic events - the death of Pope John Paul II and the accession of Poland to the EU, I returned to the UK in 2005.

On 17 Dec 2009 I purchased a Wacom Bamboo Pen and Touch on Amazon.co.uk and hence began my venture into digital art.

I upgraded this in October 2010 with a Wacom Intuos4 Small A6 Graphics Tablet.

On this blog you can see a selection of my art, photography, short stories and other writings.

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