I was trained as a painter at Reading University under J.A.Betts, a pupil of Sickert, and have always had an interest in the representation of the visual world and our perception of it. Since retiring from teaching art, I have been painting and etching in my purpose-built studio at Briston. I enjoy landscape painting and printmaking, and since 1995 I have concentrated on etching, producing over 50 plates. My feeling for landscape is related to English Romantic painters or the 20th Century, also to a sense of underlying abstract form. I have no wish to be obscure in my work and have a straightforward approach to it; I am convinced of the importance of drawing, and I draw to reveal to myself the strangeness and unexpectedness of the world that I see.