Telford was born in Dorchester, Dorset in 1950. He spent his childhood in one of the most pictureque parts of England, developing a keen interest in painting professionally from an early age when his talent was recognised by a local gallery. After graduating from Art college, he took up a career as a Graphic designer which he eventually abandoned to paint full time. He was admitted into the studio of Terance Anton who taught him the art of professional landscape painting. He now has a growing amount of collectors for his work, who admire his considerable ability to paint a variety of subjects. His work has also been taken up extensively for use in publishing greetings cards.