I have degrees in fine art, history of art and art education, and I studied graphic novels for my PhD. Throughout my career my practice has focused broadly on landscape, and more specifically on the contrast between enduring and precarious life, such as ancient trees in threatened locations.
My current work is an extended graphic project about iconic trees in West Kirby, Wirral, and in Bethlehem, Palestine. I also paint and draw landscapes in a semi-abstract form, and make comic book stories. I like to adopt hybrid methods, and often impose imaginative ideas upon naturalistic starting points.
I am Professor Emeritus at the University of Chester, and I previously led the Artist-Teacher MA at Goldsmiths and at LJMU. I am Principal Editor of the International Journal of Art & Design Education, and I have published many articles and books, including Documentary Graphic Novels and Social Realism.