I was born in West Ham, London in 1968 but, at the age of 6, we moved to a little village in Kent called Higham where I grew up. Moving from the big city to the countryside was a bit of a culture shock but I can see and appreciate beauty in both natural and man-made environments.
I was always drawing and painting as a child and in the early eighties I became interested in Graffiti Art. This fuelled a passion to paint on a large scale and when I went to Art College my work tended to reflect this with huge canvases and public displays.
After graduating in fine art and illustration I worked as an illustrator for an advertising agency in Hammersmith. I produced work for a variety of clients such as Toyota/Lexus and MTV but I missed producing large works.
It was at this time that I married Tracy and we had our first child. I painted my son's nursery with colourful pictures from our favourite storybooks and when our friends saw it they loved it so much they wanted me to paint their children's rooms. At the time there wasn't anyone around doing this as a full time profession, so I saw a business opportunity, gave up the commute to London and started Marvellous Murals.
After 25 years of running Marvellous Murals from a studio in Kent, Dean and Tracy moved to Wales, where they bought a zoo. Tracy runs the zoo leaving Dean to continue painting murals. On days when Dean isn't painting murals he can be found helping to create wonderful enclosures at their sanctuary for wild animals rescued from the exotic pet trade called The Animalarium, in Borth.