Born, November 17, 1951, Methil, Scotland. He grew up in a industrial seaside town. Left school at 16 & later became an apprentice mining engineer. He did not take up painting until the 1970’s, when a girl friend bought him a set of watercolors for his 21st birthday. His earliest paintings under his birth name “Jack Hoggan”, were copies of pastiches of impressionist paintings - his first painting was a copy of Monet’s Poppy Fields.
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