Mike’s career spans over fifty years. Having studied Graphic Design at London College of Printing, upon leaving in 1964, he got job as model-maker with a small film company run by Gerry Anderson. Over the next six years he worked as visual effects designer and story-board artist on the science-fiction television shows, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Joe 90 and Secret Service, as well as the live-action drama series UFO, and created many of the well-known craft and vehicles from those shows.
In 1971 the company closed and Mike turned to illustration and his detailed artwork of aviation, marine and military subjects for Profile Publications, led to his going freelance in 1973. Working on a wide variety of publications from children’s books to encyclopaedias, as well as many book-jacket illustrations, he is perhaps best known for his concept designs and cover artwork for Jeff Wayne’s 1977 concept album, `The War of the Worlds’. In 1984, whilst still engaged in freelance work, he began teaching Art and Design part-time at Thanet College in Broadstairs, Kent and three years later went full-time teaching on a variety of courses ranging from GCSE and A-Level to Foundation, GNVQ Advanced and National Diploma in Art and Design. In 1999, he left to return to the film industry, working as a conceptual designer and model-maker on a number of fledgeling science fiction projects. More recently he also created a number of pieces of box-top artwork for the Hornby Hobbies Airfix range. Now retired Mike is busy painting, employing a looser mixed media style, very different from the detailed professional work. More recently he has also begun to explore digital artwork and returned to his original Sci-Fi roots.