Brian was born in St Ives and grew up there at a time when the abstract works of the nineteen thirties, forties and fifties with which the town is now associated were first seen in the local studios, shops and galleries.

He encountered them again as a student, in London's Tate Gallery. However, he chose to follow the example of an earlier generation of painters in Cornwall, who's work was based on direct observation, usually out of doors.

After completing his art school training he spent five years teaching in the Midlands, but like many another Cornish "exile" he returned to St Ives as soon as the opportunity arose. He now lives there, painting full time.

He is a member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists, and was awarded that Society's Pears Prize.

His works have been shown in exhibitions of the Royal Watercolour Society, the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, and the Royal West of England Academy, as well as the St Ives Society of Artists. He was also the Chairman of the St Ives Society of Artists from 1995 to 2003.