My name is Steve Clement-Large and at the moment I live on the outskirts of Plymouth.
I grew up in Sidcup. That's either Kent or Greater London - depending on your preference. As an ageing punk I wholeheartedly embrace the DIY ethos.
I studied Drama at Huddersfield Polytechnic and, in 1982 ended up moving a couple of miles from Lands End.
After a brief political career representing the good folk of the People's Republic of Penzance East as a county councillor, I worked in the voluntary sector in Cornwall and Plymouth, finally ending up in the Civil Service ( I left in 2009). Apart from short term arts-related contract work I have been self-employed since.
In 2008 - at the tender age of 49, I started creating artworks. ( I have a lifelong passion for visual art and art history ). Self-taught - I started a blog to tease the world with my brilliant creations. People liked them - always a bonus. Within a few weeks I had my first commission for three canvases. I have since sold work all over the UK, Canada, the US and most recently Brazil.
It was the blog where "My Dog Ate Art" first surfaced as a name.
It came from a conversation with a friend, whose dog had eaten an intallation piece in a gallery. The phrase " my dog ate art" stayed in my mind and then, once it had seen the light of day, it stuck.