Trevor was born in 1952 and grew up in London. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art from 1970-1974 under the guidance of Sir William Coldstream, Professor of the Slade at that time. Patrick George, Euan Uglow, Phillip Sutton, David Hockney and Bernad Cohen were all influential tutors for him and the Slade. Trevor was invited to exhibit alongside Sir William Coldstream at The Collegiate Theater in his first year. He was also a contributor to the Young Contemporaries Exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1972.
Trevor obtained a distinction for his Post-Graduate certificate in illustration when he studied with Ernest Jones at Croydon College of Art from 1978-1979. He then went on to work as a successful freelance illustrator in London for nine years. His clients included the major publishing houses, Penguin Books, Heinemann, Cassell, Collins and the BBC.
Trevor returned to fine art and his own paintings in 1988, following a move to the Cotswolds. In recent years he has traveled extensively in the Middle East: First visit in 1995 where he was Artist in Residence at the Majlis Gallery Dubai culminating in a One-Man show there. Several exhibitions and painting trips to the Emirates include The New Orientalist Exhibition in Abu Dhabi and various one-man shows have gained him a lasting reputation there. His paintings can be found in the Royal Collections of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. In the same year of 1995 Trevor was invited to travel in the USA to tutor at Cleveland State College in Tennessee. He was also Resident artist at the River Gallery in Chattanooga.
1977-1978 saw a visit to Morocco, resulting in a Exhibition at the Trevor Waugh Studio sponsored by the Moroccan Embassy in the UK. Trevor has also made frequent visit to Venice, his beloved city, Florence and Rome.
Trevor is founding member of The New Orientalists, a group of mostly UK based artists that travel the East and paint there. France has also featured in painting trips for Trevor as well as Spain.
Trevor live and works in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK. He also runs painting courses for beginners as well as professionals at his studio.
His books "Winning with Watercolour" become a top-selling title and his recent books "You can Paint Animals" and "You can Paint Flowers in Watercolour" are published by Harper Collins. Other titles includes "30 minute Flowers in Watercolour" and "30 minute People in Watercolour". His international ronowned book "The Emirates through the Eyes of an Artist" was sponsored by HSBC and published by Motivate in Dubai.
Recent Exhibitions include "That's Jazz, Voices from the Past" at the Garden Gallery Exhibition, "Walk into Our World" at the Atrium in Dubai International Finance Centre with Mawaheb from Beautiful People "2011 and Painting for Celebrities at the 8th Dubai International Film Festival 2011".
Trevor also writes and records his own Music for soundtracks and songs. Featured on Radio and TV and now also on You Tube accompanying his painting videos on CHANNEL: Slade1952