After originally studying Modern Languages, I embarked on a career in Horticulture, which was brought to a halt over two years ago after a motorcycle accident. As part of my recovery, I decided to keep my brain active, and took up the twin interests of writing and drawing, which I finally had enough time for.
I had previously done a number of graphite drawings, which took the form of very detailed cartoons, but I saw this as an opportunity to use the unopened box of coloured pencils that I had had for over ten years.
All my work, as a linguist, as a Head Gardener, and now my writing and drawing, has had communication as its main purpose. There is often a strong narrative impulse. I seek to portray an inner world, and as a result have no particular interest in realism for its own sake. On the other hand, I relish detail, although that does not have to reflect the objective facts on which my work is based.
I tend to favour mixed media, and do very few pure coloured pencil works, preferring to combine CP with pen and ink and graphite.