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Painting is in my blood. My mother, my grandmother and my grandfather were all keen painters, and it is they who encouraged my early attempts at art.

I have lived most of my adult life in Brixton in south east London. The brightness, bustle and colour of the immediate locality forms a back drop to a number of my paintings and prints I am employed as an Occupational Therapist at St Christopher's Hospice in Sydenham.

I work in a variety of media; gouache, water colour and pastel and linocut print making. I have exhibited locally here in Brixton, at Dulwich Picture Gallery and in the annual Chelsea Art Show.

I see painting and printing as a form of exploration; you may have an idea where you are heading but you never quite know where you are going to end up. This is what makes the whole process so exciting.

Artists whose work I draw inspiration from include Fra Angelico, Rembrandt, Samuel Palmer, William Blake, Henri Matisse and Vincent Van Gogh.

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