After doing very well at art A’ level, I kept oil painting as a hobby through a pianistic career. I paint in three styles with different subjects: flowers, bluebell woods and abstracts. I use my own photographs for the nature paintings and rearrange the elements and light them as I choose. I paint the most beautiful subjects available to keep them alive after the source has died. The abstracts are for pure fun and love of form and colour. I find I cannot do without pure bright colour in my life, especially in winter time, and I am particularly fond of the merging of colours and the gradual diffusion of light to shadow. I very rarely apply turpentine or use it to clean brushes, I just use a cloth. I usually mix tone on the canvas, not on my paint tray. I do have a favourite colour (you may guess). Some flowers lend themselves best to my artistic preferences, and I paint flowers in a tight accurate style to preserve their pristine perfection. There is always a dilemma in the relationship between scale and detail. The woodland paintings are much looser in the brushwork, and are always real scenes of places I have been and where I would like to be. For the abstracts I give myself permission to paint anything I like, and these paintings will light up any dull corner.