Ian began his career as a professional artist in the United States, working as a designer for two theatrical companies: ‘Best of Broadway’ in New York, and Creative International in Tampa, Florida. He was responsible for the sets for various television and theatrical productions, including ‘1776 Opera’ (Florida’s contribution to their bicentennial celebrations) and the Miss America Pageant in Bush Gardens for CBS television. As a musician, he also worked with members of Dire Straits and The Chamber Brothers, playing guitar and keyboards on their recordings in Philadelphia.
Following his return to the UK in the 1980s, Ian became resident Artistic Director for the Stowe Opera Company, together with two National Opera and Ballet companies [say which these were?]. Recently he has worked closely with principals of the English National Ballet. In addition to theatrical and television work, Ian has lectured and given workshops in some of the most prestigious art schools in the UK, helping many young art students to achieve their creative goals.
Although originally trained in Theatre Arts and Portraiture, Ian’s work has flourished to cover abstract and landscape. His expert combination of natural form on a platform of texture and colour has won him much praise. Ian has a studio in Spain where he exhibits regularly, and is about to commence work on the designs for a production of ‘Carmen’ in Valencia.