Born in 1958 in Hampshire, Anthony now lives in North Wales with his family and variety of pets including two dogs, a cat and a pair of ferrets (pets not working animals!). He works from a studio at home overlooking the Welsh hills.
After early encouragement in art as a teenager at Winchester College, Anthony went on to do the Foundation Course at the West Surrey College Art and Design in Farnham. He then gained a place at the Camberwell School of Art in London. At the end of the first year he left Camberwell disillusioned with the B.A. Fine Art course and unhappy life in the city. Twenty years later after careers in teaching and sales he returned to his main interests of Art and Wildlife. Occasional commissions for pet portraits led to drawing animals at Marwell Zoo. Drawing wildlife and visiting Zoos seemed to be the perfect job!
Self-taught, Anthony’s pencil drawings are character studies of real animals he sees in Zoos and Wildlife Parks. He tries to get to know these animals by watching and photographing them and talking to their keepers. Sometimes this leads to ’hands-on’ contact with the animals. Face to face meetings with Elephants have been among the highlights of the last few years but Anthony also been fortunate to be introduced to apes including Orang utans and Bonobos, Lemurs, Pigmy Hippo, Okapi, Giraffe and a Tiger called Raisa. Anthony recently had a close encounter with Kamal, a fully grown male Asiatic lion, who was ‘posing’ for a drawing to be used as the front cover of the current European edition of the Asiatic Lion Stud book.
A wildlife enthusiast, Anthony is always keen to fund raise for Animal and Conservation Charities and has supported 'The Chester Zoo Elephant Support Fund’, ‘The Asian Elephant Survival Appeal’, ‘The Sepilok Orang utan Appeal’, ‘The International Primate Protection League’, ‘WWF UK Snow Leopard Campaign’ and ‘The Orang utan Foundation’ raising several thousand pounds through sales of donated originals and prints. In 2006 he helped raise funds for the E.A.Z.A (European Zoos and Aquaria) ‘Save the Rhino Campaign’. His efforts were rewarded when he was named ‘Rhino Hero of the Month’ in September 2006!
Anthony’s work is displayed in Zoos, Wildlife Parks and selected Galleries in UK.