Alan was born in Wellington in the baby boom years, and was educated at Hutt Valley High School.
He has travelled extensively, living and working in London, Saudi Arabia, and Dubai, managing container shipping services. On return to New Zealand in the 1980's he went into business on the Kapiti Coast for a number of years, branching out into house construction and renovation, until retiring in 2014.
His interest in art was gradually awakened through the years and travels,inspiring him to experiment in the expressive medium of abstract art. His first attempt, in the early 2000's, was made using odd shaped pieces of building material and experimenting with colours and textures.
He was encouraged by family and friends,and began to use canvases. Being a practical sort of person he began making his own. The realisation quickly followed that work need not be confined or restricted to right-angled frames , resulting in the use of experimental shapes and sizes.
After a brief mentoring by a local artist, he was encouraged to exhibit his work, and has gone on to refine his style, and explore the depths of the abstract medium.
His works are spontaneous, and may vary considerably from the original inspiration ! It is not uncommon for paintings to be unwittingly painted up-side- down........ such is the flexibilty of abstraction.
He is a foundation exhibitor at the Tutere Gallery, Waikanae.
He has also exhibited at the Mahara Gallery, the NZ Art Show, Charles Fleming Village, Deane Artspace, Kapiti, and the Bowen Gallery. He is a regular exhibitor on the Kapiti Arts Trail.