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My main interests as an artist are painting flowers and landscapes. I think flowers are a bit like people – they have personalities of their own! They also have ‘architectural’ features and great colouration, that all add up to being ideal for subject matter.

I love our English countryside and beaches. There is a strong tradition in English landscapes that I think is present in a lot of even our modernist painters – Hockney, Hodgkin, Auerbach. I do try to abstract the more formal elements of the landscape – lines, contours, colour blocks. I have used most mediums – oils, acrylics, and watercolours. Recently I have been using chalk pastels quite a lot – you can make very bold statements very quickly, but also more subtle and blended effects – again, very quickly – there is no drying time! There is a certain luminosity to pastels that is hard to achieve in other mediums.

Pop Art was my first interest. There were always lots of bold, striking colours, and I liked