"I was born in Belfast in 1970. At the age of two, my family moved to England, as many Irish did at that time, and settled in Birmingham. My art has been an undercurrent in my life. I was nurtured by the teachers at my vocational school where I received a rather interesting education due to my dyslexia, but, what is taken with one hand (literacy) is given with another (artistic ability). My teachers knew I had a precocious gift and happily commissioned work from me at the ripe age of twelve.