About the artist and author
Mervyn Finch MBE was born in Wolverhampton, England, in November 1951.
One of fourteen siblings born to Fred and Mercia Finch. Merv demonstrated a
keen interest and a natural ability in artwork from an early age. He received
no formal art training or education apart from seeing and interpreting
life through his own eyes.
Merv ’plodded’ through primary and secondary school education
until he finally left the gates of Wobaston Secondary Modern School, Fordhouses,
at the age of fifteen to find work. He spent three years as a trainee
before doing something he'd always wanted to do, and that was sign up for
British Army's - Royal
He spent twenty two years serving in the colours; initially as a Telegraph
Operator and then later becoming a Yeoman of Signals. He had a successful
army career, where
attained the rank of Warrant Officer Class One, and was awarded the prestigious "Member
of the British Empire" (MBE) medal by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in
1988 for his hard work and dedication to duty while serving as a Permanent
Staff Instructor with The Honourable Artillery Company, of London.
During the early part of his army career he took up painting, sculpting and
general artwork as a hobby. It was while he was in the army that he received
Word soon got around and before long his work was in demand. He was commissioned
to do paintings and murals by paying customers. In particular, his murals were
by Regimental Mess’s for seasonal functions. Since retiring from the
army he has done mural paintings and fine artwork for Corporate institutions
and private clients.
Merv now lives overseas in Canada with his immediate family, where they have
just attained citizenship. In addition to his artwork, Merv is now pursuing a promising
career in writing. He has already completed the first two parts of a autobiographical
For more information on his story telling skills, see the "Authoring Page" of
this web site.
Merv is also the current illustrator for the Children’s author; Lesley
Anne Airth. Who wrote “Cameron's Capital Adventure” and “A
Gift From Graham.” And more recently, a Canadian best seller, "What
an illustrated, educational book for children about remembrance and how conflict
has affected children over the years. (see the "Book
Illustrations" page and the lower photo to the left for Merv working on
the cover of the book)).