Hindmarsh spent his formative years in rural Northumberland. He has been greatly inspired by the landscape and the changing moods of the North East Coast and he has tried to express this in his local scenes. He paints in various media - oils, watercolours, inks and pastels, and covers a wide range of subjects. He served an apprenticeship as an electrical engineer at Linton Colliery, Northumberland and worked for 12 years in the mines in Northumberland and Durham. The influences of this important period of his life are very inspirational in his mining paintings. They capture the events of working life underground and show a realistic portrayal of miners together with their pit ponies. The paintings recreate and tell their own story of mining history. He has exhibited throughout the UK, as his work is always in demand.