Brian Tones- I was ten years old, and it was Christmas Eve. I asked for a box of paints for my present and eagerly awaited its delivery to be placed at the foot of my bed.
Morning came, and my mother popped her head around my bedroom door to call me down for breakfast. To her horror and a shrill yell, she noted that I had painted the walls in my room in just about every subject and colour you could imagine.
At the end of my education, I was naturally drawn to art college, but my father, an engineer, was having none of it, insisting on a trade qualification. It would be many years before I became a full-time artist, after first qualifying in electronics and later in architectural design.
I worked mainly in artist acrylics over a sponged or rolled background on canvas or artist board.
Over the years, I have undertaken many portraits of the music and stage icons. One particular picture was for the hero of my youth, Chuck Berry, commissioned by his family and friends for his 84th Birthday and presented on stage at his birthday gig.
Today I have over three thousand works in private homes and offices worldwide, and the list grows daily.