My writing training came with master poster and signwriter Andrew Whitmore who gave me all the skills and more - a faith in the brush. I went on to uphold these skills in memory of him… and still do to this day.
I really enjoyed working in graphics and typography on leaving Camberwell School of Art. I was recruited by Ind Coope to design pub signs with design guru Mike Jacks to inspire new pub sign identities. An honour indeed.
Closer to home my grandfather a master stone mason and letter cutter, Francis Baker who also studied at Camberwell under Edward Johnston in the early 1900s, had a huge influence on me. So the patient hand-crafting of fine lettering has been with me all my life.
Making some cold-calls as a young, 20 something newbie artist in the 80s, quickly won me some great clients. I found myself specialising in classic sign writing (from 1981-1990), for 2 national Breweries; Watneys and Taylor Walker, creating thousands of pub signs. It all started with a few phone calls and a bit of self confidence.