He was trained at Walthamstow College of Art (1965–1966) and then at Kingston College of Art (1966–1969). He then went on to attend the Royal Academy Schools (1969–1972) where he was a student of Peter Greenham, Roderic Barrett, Edward and Richard Bawden and Fred Heyworth. He was awarded the RA Schools Silver and Bronze Medals.
He has is known for his aerial views. These pictures are based on a map or plan, which were put into perspective, and elevations of buildings were drawn on this perspective plan. Heights of trees and the rise and fall of the land were estimated and added. The pictures required a great deal of research – for instance, a view of Norwich in the time of Richard I was the result of much consultation with archaeologists about the (now often vanished) churches, the layout of the streets and so on. This picture now hangs in Norwich City Hall. A view of the channel tunnel workings at Shakespeare Cliff near Dover was actually commissioned by the V&A Museum during the time of the construction of the Tunnel and is now in the V&A collection.
Since the 1990s he has concentrated on "invented figurative pictures". In subjective painting, one approaches from quite a different point of view. This is painting about things rather than light, about situations. It is a building towards a scene rather than the depiction of it. There is no clear connection between the two kinds of painting. For example, it is not really possible to take a drawing from life and work it up into an invented composition – or rather it is possible, but the resulting painting would be likely to be dull – less successful than if it had been painted directly from life and less inventive than if it had been evolved from paint marks. Is this the subjective view of the artist?
His work featured in documentary film The Open Sky: RWS Artists in Newlyn directed by Stephen Gammond.