Graham studied Graphic Design at Blackpool College of Art and Illustration at Wimbledon College of Art, London.
After graduating in 1971 Graham was employed as an illustrator for a design studio in Soho, London. Graham has worked as a full-time consultant illustrator since 1976, winning a DADA award for his Illustrations and also featuring in several Association of Illustrators annuals.
In 1990 Graham moved back to the Fylde coast, in the North West of England, where he lives with his wife Pauline. He has moved with the times and his illustration work is now primarily digital. Graham has now retired and is focusing on his first love, watercolour painting. Graham has a striking style with vibrant and exciting colours, his paintings draw the eye into the painting itself. It's a perfect style for both beginner and experienced artists to learn and produces some fantastic paintings.
"My paintings are inspired by the effect of light and shadow on our environment, creating dynamic shapes and colours, I especially enjoy painting people going about their everyday lives, in different areas of the world. It's great fun to see how everyday actions are different from one country to the next and to try and capture that ‘variety in life’ on the canvas.
My experience as an illustrator has truly refined my drawing ability, that is the foundation of my work.
I still attend a 'Life Drawing' class every week to sharpen my drawing and observation skills. I'm always on the lookout for images that will make interesting paintings, I try to take my camera with me at all times just in case I see something that would be a great painting. I will do a number of paintings from those photos or sketches, most of my paintings are photograph based which is great because all my students have the same starting point."