Simeon Stafford was born in Dukinfield in 1956. At the age of 14 Stafford met L.S Lowry who encouraged him to paint; as a young artist, Stafford's landscapes were similar to the gritty northern landscape of L.S.Lowry and other English northern artists. When Simeon later moved to Cornwall in 1966, the influence of his northern roots fused with the magnetism of West Penwith to create expressionism within his work that is both powerful and alluring. His work is comparable to that of the late artist Fred Yates; he charmingly combines reality and imagination with many of his paintings. Widely regarded as one of the country's leading living artists, Stafford exhibited at the Royal Academy in 2001 and his work can also be found in numerous private collections, including those of her Majesty Queen.