King was born in London in 1939. He spent the war years in Fife, Scotland, returning with his family to England in 1946 and settling in Reading. As a child he found sucess in many Art competitions. On leaving school he joined the studio of an Advertising agency with day release facilities to Reading University Art School where he studied line drawing and painting. At 18 he signed a 3 year contract with Carlton Artists to train as an illustrator. This was interrupted by National Service as a Royal Signals Draughtsman at S.H.A.F.E. Paris. Whilst there he painted extensively and staged 2 exhibitions. National Service completed he resumed the contract with Carlton Artists but within 6 months he had married and engaged an agent through which he was working for major magazines as an illustrator. In 1966 the Kings moved to their present home in Bucks, where the rolling fields and trees provided inspiration and the battle between commercial illustration, and and painting became intensified. Kings paintings now enjoy international success and the demand for his work is constant. His three children often feature in his work, and the ability to capture life in a sitter has led to a steady output of portraits. He has also had work shown at the Royal Academy.