About Steve


Steve Parkes

My father was in the navy and went down with his ship in the Bay of Naples in 1944. My mother, sister and I went to live with my grandparents in East London. I disliked the boys’ school I went to and escaped to the art room at every opportunity. I was offered a place at Art School but, unfortunately, my mother could not afford to support me and so I had to get a job.

With the help of my uncle, a typographical designer, I got a job in an advertising agency as a junior/messenger. This was 1960 and ad agencies at that time were full of artists and writers – it was another world and I loved it. I was hooked on the world of advertising.

I became a Creative Director at Saatchi & Saatchi and retired from M&C Saatchi in June 2003, so now I am able to devote my time to that which I love most – painting.

I have lived in Harpenden for over 40 years and am married with 2 grown-up sons.