Born & lived in Leicester for 30 years before coming to NZ in 1965 with wife and family. Dropped art at school for more "useful" subjects. Interest resurrected upon arriving out here. Started with oils, moved to water colour some 20 years ago.. Have played with etching and like it. Primarily self taught but have also attended evening courses - etching & pottery.. As a leather technician, I have worked with colour - pigments and dyes - to a greater or lesser extent over over my working life. I just find painting a wonderful relaxing hobby.