Short resume of my working life and my artistic journey -


I have lived and worked in and around Cambridge all my life. I have been in engineering since school days, time served apprentice toolmaker, (top apprentice) and worked for several interesting companies from Scanning Electron Microscopes to the “Atlas Project” the largest machine ever built. The University created a lot of diverse challenges from building innovative research apparatus to the last project I had, I was one of the engineers (Chief Research Engineer) based at the High Energy Group, Cavendish Laboratories,, Cambridge UK on the Atlas project at CERN


My Art Journey


No formal art education although I was offered a place at the Cambridge College of Art and Technology but took the option of engineering, it was the case of the head taking over the heart decision and getting a ‘proper job’.

I have been interested in producing art all of my life but never really had the time to do it only snatching moments when I can like a lot of amateur artists. I am completely self taught, having no formal art training in all the art that I produce and strongly believe in drawing as the essential foundation in all traditional and contemporary art. I usually sketch and then produce artwork from my sketches with photographs only as a back up to remind me of the situation. Watercolour and pencil drawing are my main form of painting but as you can see from  my gallery page I try all forms of  paint and  materials.

In the 80's I with 3 other amateur artists formed a group calling ourselves the Cambridge Art Group, CAG, with the view of selling/promoting our work and charging a commission to give to local charities.. The exhibitions were mainly held in Cambridge churches and village colleges and were very successful for both the artists and the charities.

I am a proud elected member of the  Cambridge Drawing Society since 1993.

At the present time I have found a new passion - Botanical Illustration - this is filling all my retirement time taking online Diplomas with the London Art College, RBGE, and the Society of Botanical Artists, not all at once of course.


email: brian@fromant.com