earliest influence was probably my father, a professional
photographer, from whom I learnt (often unwittingly) about
composition, light, tonal values and the art of being observant,
patient and spontaneous all at the same time. I admire the
Impressionists-particularly Claude Monets landscapes.
Edgar Degas sketches and pastels. Later work of J.M.W.
Turner- particularly his skies. Georges Braque. For me to
find inspiration it's hard to beat going to the Art Institute
in Chicago! Although long walks in the countryside or on the
beach, particularly in Brittany or Norfolk, are just as rewarding.
Superstitions & Stuff:
- one for sorrow, two for joy, three for something better
No horseshoe nor magpie shall baffle our skill
A person who is a cultural magpie is someone who
collects an eclectic mix of objects & information. I have
discovered that I could be described as one.