My art began in the back of school notebooks, where dissent and creative impulse could find expression. I have often rejected formal instruction, partly through my own fears and also a mistrust in the system. Drawing was a private world and I was free to explore the boundaries of my imagination.
As a child I soaked up the bright colours of comic books, particularly Tin Tin, Asterix, and the books by Dr Seuss. The graphic images in newspapers in the early 70’s led me to appreciate photojournalism, and the dramatic possibilities of black and white photography. I later discovered the work of Ralph Gibson and Bill Brandt.
My simple drawing style sprang to life after a trip through Mexico. While living in the USA, the high desert landscapes of New Mexico, with earthy adobe and contrasting blue sky, had a mystical quality that fed into my art. The clear light and theatrical colour, encouraged me to work with Polaroid photography. I also used oil pastels at that time, and later came across designers gouache, which supplied the vibrant colours I needed. I was seeking a poetic, ecstatic truth that could reveal my experience, and myself.