Howard Shelvey was born in Sandwich in 1944 and
trained at the Canterbury College of Art from 1960 to 1963. In those
days the College with its huge victorian studios was still in the old
Thomas Sidney Cooper School of Art building close to the Westgate Towers.
The collection of animal paintings by T.S. Cooper displayed in the Canterbury
Museum has been a constant inspiration to Howard over the years.His
paintings in oils however are not limited to animals only but cover
a wide spectrum including marine subjects. These paintings are a throwback
to the years he spent building boats in the yards that once existed
along the River Stour.He has painted full time since 1990.