As a youngster, I was fascinated by both art and natural history. I received an honours certificate from the Royal Drawing Society at the age of 12, passed O-level art at 15 but then followed my scientific interests and a career in biological oceanography. More than 30 years on, inspired by a visit to the Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut, I dug out the brushes and palette of my school days and started painting again.
I largely use oils and I mostly paint marine and polar subjects, the wildlife, the seascapes and icescapes that have been such an important part of my life. Starting to paint again was a challenge, but the possibility of having work accepted by the Cambridge Drawing Society provided an incentive. Becoming a member has encouraged me to develop my skills and artistic imagination.