From an early age Anthony started trying to paint the birds and animals he
saw in the local fields and woods. He graduated in 1984 with a BA Hons degree in Illustration and from then onwards he has been freelancing as a Wildlife Artist. In 1999 he was invited to do artwork for Chester Zoo and since then they have become a major client. His work for the zoo is extremely varied one day he could be working with Leaf-cutter ants, the next Black rhinos. His work with Chester Zoo was really interesting and he showed us slides of some of the large descriptive boards that are displayed outside each animal cage. His pictures are like photographs as they are so perfect in detail. He has been involved with the making of a life sized rhino at the zoo and this involved cutting out the rhino and painting it. This gives children an idea of just how large they are and they can touch and have their photograph taken beside the rhino.
Anthony was involved with the 150 years celebration of St Nicholas Church,
Halewood and he produced the design for coaster, plate and mug. The design was produced in just one basic colour (black) for the coaster and mug and four colours were used for the large plate. They all depicted St Nicholas Church.
Anthony is also involved with educational special needs children in the
Halewood area. The Leader and Anthony take the children for days out and they paint and draw the different things that they see. This is a wonderful experience for these children.
The Group thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience of learning about oil and watercolour painting and seeing the beautiful pictures that Anthony produces.