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Des was born on the Isle of Man in 1946, following his early education he attended Kensington Road Art School in Douglas to learn a career in Commercial Art with the guidance of Norman Sayle and Eric Houlgrave. He started his career with MDD a design studio in Northfield, Birmingham in 1965. Later with much experience behind him he created a design studio with Telford Press, Kidderminster who printed many of the carpet manufacturing brochures. In 1975 he joined Stowe and Bowden a Manchester advertising agency who owned an Isle of Man agency, Gore Advertising, where Des was asked to set up a creative department.

Returning to the Island Des found inspiration from its beautiful land and seascapes so much so that he put pencil to paper and so a new Manx artist was born. Des is a noted Caricaturist and is commissioned to do them for presentations and celebrations a real fun thing and highly regarded by those who receive them. Des has been commissioned to produce Christmas cards for those who require a personal approach.