Sean Ashton

I would like to think there has always been an artistic element to my life. Formal training was prematurely stopped as dreams of being a pilot took priority - although it did mean Mr G (my school art teacher) stormed into my geography class demanding to know why Art wasn't one of my O level options. Subsequently, I joined the RAF, flying operational tours on the Nimrod and Puma. Leaving the service in 1999 for commercial aviation, I become a Training Captain on the Airbus A320.

As pilot dreams turned to reality, art once again came to the fore this time painting model soldiers in oil paint - I'm ever the boy! However, a serious back injury 3 years ago finished my flying career and saw art and painting in particular becoming a form of therapy. Initial attempts were in acrylic before moving to my favourite medium of oil.

Today my main focus is figurative and portraiture, when my new career as a simulator instructor allows.