My work is strongly grounded in the observed world. I paint and draw from what I see, always looking for meaning, composition, line and form. Subject interest is wide ranging – life and figure drawings, portraits, cityscapes, landscapes and still life, while travel has provided me with a varied and colourful source of material over many years. Portraits, illustration work and other commissions are happily undertaken in close collaboration with the client. I exhibit successfully both locally and in London, and I enjoy giving demonstrations and critiques for local groups. Whereas I think some professional painters have a well-rehearsed method for demonstrations, my preference is to prepare groundwork for a theme chosen by the group, and then to allow the work to progress in an open and lively way, so that students can learn from difficulties as well as success as the painting progresses. Originally training at Cardiff College of Art, I have studied also at the Sir John Cass School of Art, the Prince’s Drawing Studio and the Slade summer school, all in London. Over twenty years’ working life in the City gave me a close connection with Lloyd’s of London, where I exhibit annually with the Lloyd’s Art Group, as well as hanging work throughout the year at a nearby wine bar. I show successfully in local and London galleries, in open exhibitions at the Mall Galleries and the Chelsea Art Society, and have held solo exhibitions in UK and Australia.