Following an art school training my working life has been spent as a graphic designer and creative director, eventually running my own design company from 1994 onwards. I have always wanted to draw and paint, mainly from life in watercolours and oils but lately I have turned to abstract expression using acrylic and mixed media. Both in my design work and my painting the enduring inspiration for me is colour and how colours can evoke a mood. I am always excited by the simple execution of putting paint on paper and seeing how thrilling the juxtaposition of colours can be. My abstract paintings are attempts to express the essence of what I see around me scaled up to dramatic effect.