Born in Swinton, Lancashire in 1949 Alan worked as a professional musician during the 70's and 80's. Always having a love for the visual arts, the completion of a Foundation Art and Design course at Salford University in 1989 was the start of a serious commitment to painting.
Having painted in an abstract manner for several years Alan gradually felt the need for his art to be 'rooted in the real' and moved to a representational form of expression, focusing on land and seascapes. Alan has a love of the physical stuff of oil paint and likes to apply it thickly with a painting knife, enjoying the texture and richness of colour that this method produces
He is passionate about the painting process and always needs to be excited by a subject before beginning painting in order to convey to the viewer the sense and pleasure that he has felt in making the painting.
A member of Vernon Mill Artist's collective in Stockport, he exhibits regularly in England. In recent years he has become established as an artist of great merit reinforced by several successful solo Exhibitions and features in Cheshire Life magazine.