I started my own art business in 1988, initially producing elite Monopoly sets under licence using wood, veneer inlays, precious metals and bronze, and although it was sold very successfully through Asprey’s of London and New York, it catered for a very niche market that quickly moved on to the next fad.
So I decided to go back to my original great love in art, namely Heraldry, a subject I have been fascinated by since I was about 10 years old and first learned to draw a Lion rampant!
I became involved in RAF heraldry as I came up with the idea of producing paintings representing an individual’s Service history by using all the badges of units he had served with, which subsequently developed into aircraft and station histories too.
My main discovery during my research on some of these badges, that any references to colours on them had never been formally recorded in their blazons when these were first composed, led me to embark on a project to rectify this omission.
In order to raise the necessary funding for such a project the RAF Heraldry Trust (see: https://www.rafht.co.uk/ ) was established in 1996 and the research, re-painting and proper recording of every authorised badge has become my primary occupation since then.
However, I also received commissions to create new versions of personal Armorial Bearings for individuals who had assumed them and had them registered, but only got a ‘clip-art’ version. See: http://marydenton.co.uk/Gallery/99
I was thrilled in 2010 to finally receive my first commission to design someone's personal Armorial Bearings from start to finish. Curtis had some very definite ideas about what he would like to see included and I gave form to those ideas. The results can be seen at: http://marydenton.co.uk/Gallery/61
In 2011 I also embarked on a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Creative Writing and History at Glyndŵr University at Wrexham which I successfully achieved with a 2:1 Pass and I shall be aiming to combine the skills I acquired during this time with the heraldry to embark on some exciting projects in the future.