From the age of 13 I studied at a junior art school in Sutton which offered extra art classes alongside standard academic education. A degree at St Martin’s College of Art followed where I became fascinated with the possible relationship between sound and colour. I painted vast abstract canvases and became very influenced by the paintings of Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky.
Hard at work on one of these canvases I was spotted by Sir Roger de Grey RA, the late great landscape painter, who was then a senior tutor at the Royal College of Art. Encouraged to apply, I studied there for a master’s degree experimenting with animation, eventually returning to figurative painting under the guidance of Prof Carel Weight, another leading English painter.
The main bit of wisdom I picked up from him was that you should always allow the painting to develop in its own way, to not have fixed ideas and let some ideas go. Reality must not be subordinated to the needs of the painting.