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Steve Dunn autobiography

I grew up in the 60s and 70s in the bustling University City of Cambridge and was a pupil at Cambridgeshire High School for Boys, known locally as 'The County'. The only subject I was any good at was art and in my final year I won the school art prize for my efforts. Old boys of the school include Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, Sid Barrett, and 'Dark Side of the Moon' cover designer Storm Thorgesen. Although they were a few years older than me it's great to think we had the same art teacher!

On leaving school I found employment in a jewellers shop which gave me a taste for working on tiny things. But not wishing to spend the rest of my days in a small basement fixing watches I made a big step and joined the RAF as an aircraft mechanic. Once trained I worked for a year at Brize Norton before being assigned to front-line squadrons in England, Scotland, and Germany. I also took part in detachments to Italy, Denmark and Norway. In 1980 I retrained as an avionics technician and continued working on Jaguar ground attack aircraft at Coltishall in Norfolk where I spent a very happy 9 years, and so decided to settle in the area.

After a brief spell as a TV engineer, I then worked for British Aerospace in Saudi Arabia at Khamis Mushayt, working on Tornado ADV aircraft with the Royal Saudi Air Force.

After Saudi Arabia, I was wanting a more creative line of work and took employment with a print company closer to home in Norfolk where I learned all aspects of the printing industry. I taught myself to do studio photography and learned the graphic arts industry from all angles.

Caning an Aston Martin V8 Vantage for
all it's worth at a trackday event on my 50th birthday.

Around 1996, remembering my childhood passion for art, I started drawing and painting cars and motorcycles in my spare time, and in 1997 I was commissioned to produce a series of classic car paintings for a publishing company in Norwich. The same year I taught myself to create websites so that I could show my paintings to a broader audience on the internet. This led to orders and commissions, and with a growing portfolio and many practical skills behind me I turned self-employed in 2005 so that I could finally make a living out of my childhood passion for drawing and painting.

I've always spent the majority of my leisure time to riding and maintaining my much loved motorcycles. I've owned two Norton Commandos, three Laverda triples, and in the mid-eighties I turned to the rapidly improving four cylinder Japanese machinery, favouring Kawasakis, Yamahas and then Suzukis. I've also owned bikes by Morini, BSA, BMW, Honda, and Benelli.


My prints business has steadily grown. Specialising in car and motorcycle paintings I produce artwork not only for myself, but also for a number of international clients including the BMW Car Club of America, The Triumph Owners Motor Cycle Club, and the Vintage Motorcycle Club.


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