I have no formal art training beyond A level GCE. I trained as a cartographer, but later moved to graphic design, and worked in that discipline for forty years, largely as a book designer. My favourite subjects are landscapes and architectural details, but there has to be something in each one that grabs my interest and triggers an emotional response. It could be some spectacular scenery or climatic conditions, or it could be something more quirky such as weathered stone work or old furniture that has caught my imagination. Contrasts, particularly between sunlight and shade, feature in a number of my paintings.
II work entirely from photographs I have taken, and always paint in gouache. I appreciate its versatility, as it can be applied in multiple washes, like watercolour, or used opaquely