I was born in South East London in 1958, where I spent my formative years. For most of my adult life I worked in the financial sector in the City of London and though I loved the buzz of working in the city and the fast- moving environment, had little opportunity to be creative. Painting didn’t then play much of a part in my life, but I did sing and write music in my free time, which gave me the creative outlet I needed. This however changed in 2008 when I left work and the city. Then living on the Kent coast and blessed with the luxury of time, I was able to pursue a long-held desire to paint. I initially took classes in watercolours, painting seascapes and landscapes, but I knew at an early stage that I wanted to produce abstract work.In 2012 and ready for a change I moved to the Lizard, a part of Cornwall I love and where I have spent many a happy holiday. The tranquillity and semi isolation of this unique environment gives me peace and space, which helps me to create images from my own mind and react to form and colour instinctively. I work mainly with strong, vibrant colours and for me (though unintentional), my work has a nostalgic/retro feel, often linked to musical influences.