I have drawn and painted for as long as I can remember but I suppose my career really started to take off when I did a degree in painting and printmaking at Art School in Sheffield in the late 70s. I continued working full time and have had exhibitions in numerous places throughout the UK and have had works purchased by several public art galleries. I paint in oil on canvas and my inspiration is my home, my garden and my friends and family. My main influences have always been the figurative expressionists and my absolute favourite is Chaim Soutine. I love working with colour and I simply try to make something beautiful out of my total obsession with paint.