About Dom

I was born in 1967, I like to think as a result of celebrations during England's historic World Cup Final win over Germany the preceding year.

When knee high to a grass hopper, I practised painting on newspaper on the back door step, with plimsoll whitener. I then moved onto pencil drawing of all that little boys draw - aeroplanes, racing cars, footballers and cricketers and sometimes flowers and wildlife, inspired by my creative mother, herself quite a handy oil painter. My artwork was interspersed with hours of playing football, cricket, climbing trees, talking to myself, catching butterflies and all the other things that little boys did in the 1970s.

In my late teens I finally broke into painting, firstly in watercolour along with some photography on and off, using a basic Kodak Brownie.

Work got in the way of much of my hope to continue painting and photography throughout most of my twenties and thirties, but having cystic fibrosis meant that staying active with sport became my priority outside of work.

The dawn of the 'digital age' convinced me to focus on photography again, but this time into wildlife photography. This continued for about 7 years until I became too ill to carry the heavy equipment and was spending more and more time in hospital, hanging on in there in the hope of lung transplant. Whilst in hospital, rather than watch tele, I returned to painting and the rest is history! I frequently think about how fortunate I am to be alive today to continue creating artwork, which I like to think of as a reflection of a beautiful life that the superb specialist clinical teams, my selfless donor and the kindest donor family have given back to me.

My thanks always to Birmingham Heartlands Hospital Adult Cystic Fibrosis Centre (ward 26) and Queen Elisabeth Hospital Birmingham Heart & Lung Transplant Centre; to my donor too, of course! They, along with my mother - both a quite decent painter herself and a hugely stoical woman who did so much for all us kids - are the inspiration for continuing to paint and photograph our extraordinary natural world.