Born 1932 in Yorkshire, he studied architecture at the University of London. In Edinburgh he was a student with the artist William Wilson, ARSA, and through him Ian gained the feel of combining design and bold colour by using watercolour and gouache.
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Two other artists to influence Ian's work are John Piper and Raoul Dufy. Both these artists create the sense of a place using strong, broad areas of colour; it is in this manner that Ian works. He has developed his own style of interpreting the architectural subjects that form the majority of his compositions. His pictures celebrate the architecture of Britain and the Continent; however, he is not just a painter purely depicting buildings as the pictures have a vibrancy and sense of life emphasised by the richness of his palette.
In 1991, Ian received the Catto Gallery award at the Royal Watercolour Society, in 2003 he received the St Cuthbert's Mill Prize at the Royal Watercolour Society. He frequently shows at major watercolour exhibitions in the UK. His work is in many public and private collections, including the House of Commons Art Collection.