Trevor Chamberlain is the son of a Hertfordshire painter and decorator. He began painting at the age of 7 and at 12 enrolled at the Ware Institute, painting under Alfred Wright, who taught Chamberlain to use oil and fostered his love of al fresco painting. He worked as an architectural draughtsman in London but left to pursue painting full time. He joined the Wapping Group of Artists in 1969 and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 1972. He made his first painting trip abroad to Venice in 1970 and subsequently painted in every continent except Australia. He spent the entire year of 1974 teaching himself how to paint in watercolours, carefully studying past watercolourists. The most striking aspect of Chamberlain's style is his great economy of means. His painting is motivated by a deep love of the outdoors and countryside. Although he claims not to be a topgraphical painter, many of Chamberlain's works are based on scenes around Britain, Europe and the Middle East.