A lot of water has gone under the bridge since I wrote this statement. Having gone through several abstract phases, I now seem to be concentrating mainly on figurative painting. This is what I wrote at the time I joined this gallery: Painting is a process of recognition and remembering. Abstraction is a heightened form of recognition, based on emotions recollected in tranquility and made visible. Sometimes meanings or messages are hidden, sometimes they are readable or recognizable. My paintings are relatively "easy" to approach. I do not expect or demand viewers to look deep down into my soul or theirs, but I hope that looking at my work will open up new lines of thought, or transmit energy and power, or sooth and comfort and hopefully in every case give fleeting pleasure or even lasting joy.
Biography: I am a musician and opera singer (now retired from the stage) by profession, but also a freelance writer and chorus directorr. I'm glad to say that have I retired from teaching. I never enjoyed teaching, particularly the long years teaching English. I have now been painting for 11 years and enjoying most of it, though I've painted less since breaking my hand. My hand is now OK (almost), but somehow I lost my bearings and have found it difficult to find them again. However, since I paint for my own enjoyment, there is really no urgency to paint when I'm not inspired. That said, I have done several exhibitions and if my work is appreciated by others, that is very encouraging.
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