I was born and bred in Ashington, which is where I picked up the nickname ‘Deetz’, don’t ask me why Deetz, I think it was something to do with a footballer from way back when. I now live in the village of Ellington, where the last deep mine was until just a few years ago.
I started drawing at school and just carried on. Drawing has always been a hobby but after being made redundant I decided to make my hobby my full time profession.
How lucky am I having a job and hobby rolled into one, no more is it a chore to go to ‘work’.
My inspiration comes from the hardworking characters from my powerful childhood memories. My hope is that through my work, I can help to keep alive those memories by depicting scenes of the everyday life of those times both at work and at play.