Garth trained as an Engineer, but has returned to Art after a very successful career as Managing Director of a Multi-National Company.
He has been associated with the waterways almost all his life. He lived on a converted narrow boat for five years in the early 60's, was Chairman of the Staffs and Worcs Canal Society, and carried out the negotiations for the first joint canal restoration scheme with British Waterways, the 16 locks of the Stourbridge Canal.
Garth's favourite subjects are all nostalgic, originally seeking to recapture the memories of the period when they lived on a canal boat. He only works in watercolour which he finds fascinating, particularly seeking to capture light, atmosphere, water and exploring the possibilities of colour. He is self taught, but feels he owes much to Bob Kilvert at Weobley where he attended several holiday painting courses.
Garth's watercolours can purchased as originals, but many of them are also available as Prints, Greetings and Christmas cards, details of which are shown on this web site.
As well as watercolours. Garth's other interests include singing with Guildford Cathedral Singers with whom he sang for 25 years. He is also interested in all forms of steam mechanisms and has owned two steam boats, the first a 70ft narrowboat 'Nautilus' and the second a Steamboat ICTUS. Bees have always fascinated him but following his illness he has closed his Apiary. See page about honey. Another interest is Genealogy, having traced his family back to 1769.
Garth and his wife Ann have always enjoyed dancing (Scottish, Old Time and Country). Sadly Ann passed away in 2015, however Garth still goes Dancing most weeks, Ballroom in which he has a silver medal, Latin and Argentine Tango.
Railways have also been another great interest, and combining that with modelling, Garth has a '00' gauge model railway running round his studio.
Today there is much talk of legacies. Garth would like to think that he left the world a better place, but of the many things in which he has been involved, the battle of the Stourbridge Canal is one activity that he would like to think achieved that aim.
Garth and his wife Ann.
Images from my model railway