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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 master!

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. At first I worked at Brize Norton on passenger planes, and then progressed onto Jaguar 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 the Jags at Coltishall in Norfolk where I spent a very happy nine years, and have since settled in the area.

After the Airforce I worked for British Aerospace in Saudi Arabia on the brand new Tornado ADV purchased by the Royal Saudi Air Force.

After that I fancied a more creative line of work and took employment with a reprographics company closer to home in Norfolk where I learned all aspects of the printing industry. I taught myself the fundamentals of studio photography and how to reproduce paintings for local artists to a professional level.

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

Around 1996 just for fun I started drawing and painting cars and motorcycles in my spare time. In 1997 I was commissioned to produce a series of classic car paintings for a publishing company in Norwich. I also taught myself to create websites so that I could show my paintings to a broader audience on the internet. This led to more 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.

Since schooldays I devoted most of of my leisure time to riding and maintaining my much loved motorcycles. I had two Norton 850 Commandos, three Laverda 1000 triples, then in the mid-eighties I turned to four cylinder Japanese bikes mainly Kawasakis, Yamahas and then Suzukis. I've also owned bikes by Morini, BSA, BMW, Honda, and Benelli, not forgetting some sporty cars by Ford, Alfa Romeo and BMW.


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. Lately I'm putting aside some time to do landscape paintings and even the occasonal portrait.

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