Hello, my name is Michael William Budden. I was born in Gosport, Hampshire, England in 1943.
The earliest recollection I have in drawing was using a piece of chalk on a roof slate at the age of five.
There was no paper in those days for children to draw silly pictures on. Everything was rationed.
Wooden framed slate was used in school for writing on and it was not until the age of seven that I had
the pleasure of writing in an exercise book at school. This could not be used for drawing though.
Eventually notepads etc appeared in the shops and my doodling really took off. Having no one to teach
me properly was a problem and my school had little or no interest in art. So, I had to go it alone and do
my own thing and have done so ever since.
The landscapes, flora and fauna, old cottages etc of dear old Hampshire are my main interest.
I have held several exhibitions of my work, although not in recent years.
Due to failing eyesight (Macular degeneration) I find that I am able to carry on with my artwork
by using an Apple iPad and pencil, some of the pictures I have done this way are on this website.
Thank you for taking the time and trouble to visit my website. I do hope you enjoyed it.