I grew up in Scotland, moved to the US in 2000, and now call Colorado home. From 1995 I’ve been a competitive cyclist racing throughout the UK, USA, and Mexico. I’ve won 4 US national championships and a UCI master world championship in 2018. Professionally, I’m a licensed architect and have spent my career working in architecture, construction management, and real estate development.
When I was in primary and secondary school in the UK (That’s K-12 for US readers) one of my strengths was art (definitely NOT art history). I always gravitated towards technical/complex images vs abstract/still life, although I do really like landscapes. During my first year of studying architecture at university I produced a few F1 sketches: Nigel Mansell, and two of Gerhard Berger in the Benetton Renault B196 and also the B197.
Over the subsequent two decades I barely touched a paintbrush other than walls in our house, or our fence. When Covid-19 appeared and Work From Home became standard practice in early 2020 I decided to tackle a painting to maintain sanity. I spent my lunch hours and evenings tackling a 24″x36″ painting on Max Verstappen/Red Bull. It wasn’t exactly productive to work in short stints, but I got there in the end.
In mid November 2020 I was laid off from my job on a Thursday with my final day being Friday the 13th! So appropriate for 2020, right? I had posted a progress photo of my Verstappen painting on Reddit (r/formula1) and within 12 hours it had more than 7,000 upvotes. Hmm, maybe I should get prints made! On the Friday, I dropped off the original to be professionally captured, had prints made, and haven’t looked back.
Here’s a visualization of where my artwork has traveled to around the world!:
All of my prints are professionally printed with archival ink on Moab Entrada 300gsm 22.5 mil archival 100% cotton paper. Prints are individually signed and numbered and shipped from Colorado, USA.