After leaving school I worked as a forklift truck driver for 10 years. During this time I worked part time as a freelance card designer with major publishing companies until I finally had the confidence to go full time in 1990. With only a certain amount of ability and being completely self-taught I am proud to say that I have just celebrated my 20th year as a full time professional artist. In that time I have worked and exhibited in New York, designed figurines in Thailand and ceramics for Wedgwood featuring one of my teddy bear characters. I hope that this inspires others never to give up when times get tough and my story proves you really can make your dreams come true.