I have been painting in oils since I was at Highgate School where I was inspired by my art teacher, the late Sir Kyffin Williams. I was elected to the Royal Society of British Artists some years ago and last became Keeper: I exhibit at the Mall Galleries and with a number of commercial galleries.

My main influences are Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard and their New English Art Club followers in Britain, Bernard Dunstan, Diana Armfield, Peter Greenham and Peter Kuhfeld.

I love painting formal gardens maybe because I am transported to an artificial world of beauty and peace which I can build on in my paintings.

Venice has also been a life-long inspiration since my first visit there in 1966 and more recently the Dorset and Devon landscape have become important to me. I paint in oils on board which I have prepared with gesso and oil underpainting; I work on a fairly small scale – 12″ x 16″ up to 20″