1975- 1978 Art teaching Degree London University
I was introduced at an early age to the classic era of back and white photography and, along with their artistic talent, their humanistic and psychologically modern point of view deeply impressed me. But it was only on seeing early Egyptian and Hellenistic sculpture, with its leaving aside of the heroic and just seeing 'a person', that I was suddenly inspired to create something myself.
Some sort of marriage of these two ways of seeing and putting into form, one modern, one ancient, is still playing out in my mind and forms the basis of all I do.
Although the work ranges from highly detailed to a more impressionistic style it is always based in realism. I have no hard and fast philosophy, aim or rule in terms of realism versus abstraction, or points in between, and love the wide open quality of today's art, it's just the way the ideas come to me.
Over the years I've had various galleries and solo exhibitions and positive reaction is always great but the real buzz comes from that moment when the work starts to take shape and 'take off'. I have no real idea as towhy it still gives me such a feeling of exhilaration but long may it last!