About me

I was born in 1967 and grew up in the sailing town of Lymington, Hampshire, on the south coast of England.

Inspired by my father, the world-renowned marine artist Rodney Charman (www.marine-artist.com), I took to art from an early age, often joining him in his studio where I would sketch wildlife pictures from reference books.

I attended Priestlands School in Lymington where art and technical drawing were favourite subjects. After leaving school I attended Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design for four years, gaining a BTEC National Diploma and a distinction level Higher National Diploma in Art and Design.

Since leaving art college in 1987 I have worked for numerous marketing companies as a graphic designer, artist, illustrator, photographer and web designer. Based on the south coast of England, much of my early commercial work was in the yachting industry.

For many years I worked as a freelance graphic designer and marketing consultant, advising numerous clients on marketing their products and services. In 2006 I relocated to Cornwall and continued working for existing clients as well as building up my portfolio and client base in that area.

At this stage my diverse marketing and design portfolio included clients from many industries including hospitality, tourism, farming, technology, food, drink, fashion, energy, horticulture, sailing, education, property, cosmetics, accessories, music and numerous charities.

I am working on an ongoing series of large original paintings inspired by the lyrics of classic rock songs, the first of which is entitled 'Joni's Dream', based on the lyrics of Joni Mitchell's 'Woodstock'.

In 2012 I joined Shebbear College in Devon (www.shebbearcollege.co.uk) as their Marketing Manager, a diverse role that includes photography, graphic design, web development, print media, digital marketing and film production. In 2018 my role at the school expanded further to include teaching BTEC Creative Digital Media Production.