Design has always been a part of my life. For 25 years I ran a small advertising boutique, designing and writing newspaper ads, catalogues, posters, brochures and the like. During that time I worked with such noted illustrators as Paul Perras, Dave Ranson, Mike Fuller and Stu Main, observing their techniques and absorbing whatever I could of their amazing talents. I left that business in the 90's and got into residential renovations, designing and building home extensions, basements, kitchens and bathrooms. When I was forced to lay low for a several months due to health issues, I took up oil painting, but temporarily put it aside when I recovered. Now retired, I have the time to devote to painting, and am trying to improve—to become less representational and more spontaneous in my work.