Raised by molluscs in the warm waters of the South China Sea, Oliver rose high in bivalve society before being deported in a scandal stemming from his irrational hatred of line-dancing. He shares the same attractive high cheekbones as the President of Burundi (but no relation).

I had you there...

Actually I'm 57, the son of an internationally successful artist, my late mother Karen Simmons. I am mostly self-taught with a light dusting of qualifications.

More recently I have begun to 'learn' again: City & Guilds in Life Drawing. City & Guilds in Design. Stained Glass workshops. I have also enjoyed a course under the tutorship of Nick Collier, an exciting Devon based landscape artist.

Drawn To The Valley (Artists of the Tamar Valley district)
Gwynngala  (professional artists in North Cornwall)

Previous exhibitions and galleries

The Round House, Sennen Cove
Out Of The Blue Gallery, Marazion
Warminster Gallery, Wilts
Spread Eagle Gallery at NT Stourhead, Somerset
Enigma Gallery, Frome, Wilts
One Man Show @ Enigma Gallery
NT Gallery Cotehele - 4 exhibitions
NT Saltram House (as part of Drawn to the Valley group)
Cube3 Gallery, Plymouth '06 (as part of Drawn to the Valley group)
Open Studios 2006 (as part of Drawn to the Valley group)
Open Studios 2007 (as part of Drawn to the Valley group)
Rock Institute, Cornwall (as part of Gwynngala group)
Rock Institute, Cornwall. Xmas Exhibition '07. Independent.
The Camelford Gallery, Cornwall.

NT Gallery,Cotehele, 4 exhibitions '08

Also have had commissions and sold in Austria,
Canada, Australia and USA.