Recognised for his stunning paintings and a relaxed easy way of teaching others, Tony has been artistically driven from his early childhood in Saltaire,Shipley. Now with the years of knowledge and experience at his finger tips he takes great satisfaction in passing this knowledge to others whilst still creating works for exhibitions and magazines.
The second youngest of a large family he was motivated and encouraged by his mother and despite the fact that his father had passed away when Tony was only seven years old, leaving a widow with twelve children to bring up, he was still allowed to pursue his artistic leaning. In the early 1960’s at the very young age of just 15 years Tony started his formal art education at Bradford College of Art. On leaving the college he first spent six months as a carpet fitter before securing a position as a display and exhibition designer. Some two years later he moved into the advertising industry. For the next ten years he worked for several leading international companies producing the advertisements, brand images and literature for many leading international brands eventually becoming the advertising/marketing director of Wrangler Jeans U.K. At this time with a young son Tony and his wife made the decision to return to the fine art sector, painting, exhibiting and tutoring to survive. Over the years since making the move there has been a growing wide recognition of Tony’s talent including demonstrating art on television. He now has paintings hung in venues all over the world and has had several one man shows. Yorkshire Television have used his paintings in the “Heartbeat” series,commissioning him to paint a set of watercolours especially for this program. As well as painting internationally , Tony is a (now retired) degree level tutor for the Open College of the Arts, an active professional associate and demonstrator of the Society of All Artists, a demonstrator for the Art Foundation, A Pencil & Pastel Company , Chroma Atelier Interactive Acrylics, Rosemary Brushes, St Cuthberts Mill paper manufacturers, Pan Pastels, Daniel Smith watercolours, Maimeri watercolours, Shin Han watercolours, Hahanemuller paper manufacturers, Schmincke, Ampersand art support boards and Faber Castel. He regularly travels the length and breadth of the country giving workshops and demonstrations at exhibitions for leading manufacturers, distributors, importers of art materials and for art groups and societies. His depth of knowledge of techniques and materials in most mediums including Acrylics, Oils, Watercolours, Pastels and all Derwent pencil products provide him with the skills to help and guide others along their artistic paths.