I'm Allan, I was born in 1959 in Rochdale
Lancashire. I now live in Norden which is an ever expanding village on
the outskirts of Rochdale.
I have always been keen in arts
and crafts and like many other
artists I began drawing and painting at school. On leaving school in
1976 I started work as an apprentice joiner which is where I developed
an interest in woodcarving, woodturning and general carpentry.
woodturning and general carpentry. woodturning and general carpentry.
I had to retire from work due to ill health in 2004
and at the time found it very difficult to do most things so I turned to
water colour painting which at the time was a totally new medium to me
having only painted in oils previously. Once I had mastered water colour
painting I had the idea of making and painting greetings cards.
Although due to my ill health I am still restricted
to the amount of time I'm able to stand or sit in one position I am now
able to enjoy a limited amount of time painting, card making,
woodcarving, woodturning and general cabinet making including clocks,
toys and jewellery boxes.
I will never make a fortune out of my hobby but I do
get a tremendous amount of satisfaction out of creating artwork and if
others enjoy viewing my site then I have achieved my