Life can infuriate, life can hurt, life can shock and sometimes be dark but life can be joyful and amazing too and that is what living is all about. As an artist I embrace all of these things because it impacts my work. I fundamentally believe in the goodness of humanity and being British I am a fairly patient man but there are times when my patience snaps and I grab a canvas and pour out my feelings or something wonderful happens and I run for the brushes like for example, ‘Freedom’  this was painted when I finally decide to give up on commission work after nearly 35 years, instead of painting other peoples ideas at last I was painting my own.  That was a great feeling. I  like these less considered moments, they are raw and instinctual