Born in Yorkshire Blakey’s early career was in education. However he always had an ambition to become a full-time artist. He realised his dream in 1990 and began painting in a studio situated in the Yorkshire Dales. Incidentally, the studio was opened by fellow Yorkshireman Michael Parkinson, as Blakey was painting his portrait at the time. Over the years he has painted many film stars, royals and politicians. He has travelled world-wide and has even designed costumes for performers.Blakey is a portrait and genre realist artist who works in oils, watercolours and pastels.