Ian was born in London in 1956 and grew up in the Thames Valley. He took to painting at an early age studying at the local School in Slough and later on at night school under artist Jenny Riley at Marlow Community College.
From 1976 to 1989 he worked as a relief lock-keeper on the River Thames, during which time he explored the river and produced over one hundred ink and watercolour paintings.
His first major work was ‘Unloading Coal in Romney Dock’, which was exhibited and sold at the Royal Society of Marine Artists’ Exhibition in the Mall Gallery in 1985. In 1989 he was elected a member of the Society of Botanical Artists.
He moved to Cornwall in 1990 and has since illustrated several national hotel guides, designed book covers and painted two murals in Callington.
In 2001 Ian was elected an associate of the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Engravers. In 2003 he received the prestigious Llewellyn-Alexander Master’s Award. He has exhibited his work in the UK and the USA.