Ken lives on a narrow boat on the Kennet and Avon canal where the countryside subjects that he paints are on his doorstep.

A professional artist for over thirty years, Ken knew from an early age that art and nature would be part of his life.

He says, "the one thing that I do know is that I've just got to paint and that compulsion came when I was seven years old. That was the age I found out that the natural world was the only thing I wanted to be involved with".

His thirst for information about the natural world as a child has resulted in an encyclopedic knowledge of nature.

"In order to satisfy my curiosity, my father had to buy a bird book and give himself a crash course in ornithology. I wanted a parrot as a small boy but the nearest I got to it was a budgerigar. When I started raising nestlings and small animals and then released them into the natural environment, a true feeling of satisfaction came".

The pleasure that Ken gets from painting is "basically the simple juxtaposition of shapes and colours - a simple analysis but quite true". He paints whatever catches his eye but is well known for his paintings of game birds and barnyard fowl.

He will often paint in the field if weather permits but sometimes works from memory. He prefers to paint in acrylic on canvas or board and also gouache on paper.