Best known for his portraits of such society figures as the Duchess of Windsor, Brockhurst began his artistic training at the Birmingham School of Art at the age of 12. Brockhurst’s skills developed quickly and he later attended the Royal Academy Schools and gained a scholarship enabling his visits to both France and Italy. These trips fuelled his passion for the 15th century artists such as Botticelli and da Vinci. By 1920 Brockhurst began his career as an etcher, but continued producing very successful society portraits. In 1939 Brockhurst moved to America with Dorette, a model of his whom he had become attached to.