Born in North Staffordshire Ivan showed an early interest in art and in drawing and painting. His interest developed his talent and he exhibited 40 paintings on the then popular BBC TV programme "Sketch Club". These were later sold by the BBC to raise money for UNICEF.
After studying fine art and graphics at the Burslem School of Art Ivan began his career working as a graphic artist eventually becoming Head of Graphics at Staffordshire County Council Education Department. He had his first one-man exhibition in 1972 and has been a full time painter since 1989.
Ivan is a well-known Staffordshire Artist noted for his Staffordshire Moorlands Scenes and is President of the Society of Staffordshire Artists. He also travels to paint in areas such as Norfolk, Wales, the West Country and London. His style has been described as that of the 20th century English Impressionist but influenced by earlier painters such as Turner and Constable. In 2006 Ivan won the Rowland Hilder Prize at the Royal Institute Watercolour Open Exhibition.