I have always enjoyed art and painting but have increased my involvement substantially since I retired for a career in medical research. I paint mainly in watercolour and am largely self-taught. I prefer watercolour because of its directness – the need to involve body movement and to get the paint onto the paper only once in order to retain the necessary freshness.
Watercolour is also technically challenging since it requires an understanding of paper, brushes, and the different chemical pigments that make up the various colours. I was also able to bring an understanding of how vision works, based on my knowledge of biology, to developing my approach to painting. My choice of subject matter is largely realistic – town and country landscape, still-life, flowers and so on.