View paintings in progress About Quintin  Quintin was born in Colchester, Essex, in 1974 and raised in the nearby town of  Manningtree.  He spent much of his early life around the Dedham Vale 'Constable  Country'.  He has received no formal art training, having been discouraged from pursuing  a career in art whilst at school. He studied Geology at Leicester University, a Masters in sedimentology at Reading  University and gained a PhD in carbonate sedimentology from The Open University,  based in Milton Keynes.  Art has remained a lifelong passion of his and he is largely self-taught.  After  experimenting with most mediums he settled on oils to best convey his realist style.  His  subject matter is not limited to pet portraiture and includes landscapes, still life and  surrealism, and more recently people portraits.   He has been providing commissioned  artwork for 12 years mainly finding time during evenings and weekends.  He lives in Aberdeenshire with his wife, Cheryl, daughter Rosalind, his other interests  include photography, hill walking, juggling and real ale!