I ran into this guy on the internet a couple of months ago. His name is Stuart Davies.
Even though his father had plans for him to become a police officer, Stuart's artistic talent was discovered early. He went to Eastbourne Art College, where he graduated. He then went off to seek fame and fortune as a freelancer. He was commissioned to paint "legal-forgeries" for people who wanted originals but could pay the million-dollar price tags. He's was very partial to Vermeer.
As many artists do, he also supported himself in his early career in various positions in an advertising agency. This job allowed him to draw and represent concepts and live an artistic life but get paid for it at the same time. He also became the Art Editor and Design Editor for "the Queen's favorite magazine," Country Life.
Nowadays he likes to paint landscapes. Mostly things out of his own imagination.
I caught up with Mr. Davies on YouTube, where he provides excellent instruction with a calm and clear style.