I was introduced to the world of cars when my mother bought me my first Dinky Rolls Royce which I insisted on trying to drive along the pavement into town. This was followed by more toy cars and an MGB pedal car with opening doors, bonnet and boot (aged 4). I made a tiny hole in the boot and filled it with water (pretend petrol). I would drive up and down our close until the water ran out, after which I would push it home to refill.
My early adult life was spent on a diet of 60's/70's Fords including mainly Mk1 Capri's. One of which, was my Dads old car and I put a 289ci (4.8 litre) V8 in it. Several Cortina Mk1 & Mk3s, Granada's and a Fairlane 500 followed. I also have a passion for classic BMW's having owned a 2500, 3.0S as well as 3, 5 and 7 series. all the time the dream has been to own a hot rod. I bought every issue of Street Machine and Custom Car magazine and read them over and over. My earliest memory of hot rodding was whilst walking home from school and Nick Butler drove past in his 'Revenge' Model T C Cab. I lost all power of speech and was only able to point franticly and make strange noises while my eyes fell out!
In the early 90's I became heavily involved in the Mini scene and many Minis passed through my hands. I was involved with the West Sussex Mini Owners Club and became membership secretary for a while. It was in the 90's that I started drawing in pencil and then experimented using various mediums as I wanted to do the cars in a choice of colours.
I indulge in my passion for hot rods and classic cars through my artwork and like to achieve a high level of realism.
Please feel free to click and scroll through some of my old pencil drawings from the 90's below.