Graham originally trained in Fine Art. Following a pre-diploma course through Sunderland College of Art he then qualified as a teacher of art at Northumberland College. After a period of teaching Art & ceramics at South Shields college Graham drifted out of teaching for a while, setting up a screen printing and sign writing business. Eventually he returned to teaching as an art and ceramics teacher. Promotions led him away from the art for many years. Apart from acting as a tutor to Humberside sixth form visits to Venice and Paris for a few years and running a small local art club in East Yorkshire he had little involvement in his own art.
During these periods Graham's work was mainly landscape in watercolours and acrylics. He is now finding the time to get back to the work he loves and, having built a small studio, is now working again in oils. He has returned to the more abstract style he left behind in the 1970s and is hoping to develop even further, particularly based on the human figure.