1932 Born in Sunderland, County Durham
1941-44 Joins Newcastle Royal Grammar School, currently evacuated to Penrith. Falls in love with the Lake District
1944 Returns reluctantly to North East
1946-49 Accumulates a large portfolio of pen-and-ink and scraperboard pictures, mostly of Lake District scenes
1949-51 Abandons artwork to concentrate on academic studies
1951-60 Wins scholarships to Oxford and Yale
1960-97 Holds academic posts in various British and American universities
1997 Retires from post of Professor of American Studies at UEA
2008-10 Resumes pen-and-ink and scraperboard drawing, abandoned 60 years previously to complete How It Was: Memories of Growing Up in the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s
2010 Scanning his teenage drawings into the text of his memoir alerts him to the potential of digital painting
2011 Begins adding colour to his digital paintings and selling them as greeting cards and calendars
2012 Thanks to the patronage of Jarrolds, Waterstones and other local stores demand for his greeting cards and calendars grows
2013 As part of its 50th Anniversary Celebration UEA sponsors a one-man exhibition of his paintings in the Hostry of Norwich Cathedral.
2015 He publishes a collection of his work under the title of Digital Paintings.
2015-2020 Receives commissions for larger pictures from Norwich City Football Club, UEA, Norwich School and various other local institutions and individuals.
Over the past ten years he has accumulated a portfolio of over 800 paintings, copies of which can be viewed on his website www.howardtemperley.com. His work is regularly displayed at regional art shows, in addition to which he currently sells some 3,000 copies of his images annually as greeting cards through the Forum, UEA , the Dozen and Elveden