I was born in 1951 and spent my childhood and youth in the country, in a world before TV, computers, mobile phones, and pocket calculators. It was a world of outdoors, of wireless sets, of books, of plays, and of poetry. I grew up in the Swinging Sixties and the Sexy Seventies. I worked in plant sciences for 20 years, I have walked in deserts and hidden in laboratories. I have basic qualifications as a Nurse’s Aid, and I have fainted in an operating theatre. I have a Bachelor of Theology (a real one) and post-graduate qualifications in Christian Ministry - I am a Lutheran Clergyman. Joy and I were married in 1973, and together we hung around in the trendy arty set in the 70s and 80s, we’ve met a lot of artists, attended a lot of gallery openings, and collected a lot of artworks - perhaps that’s why I paint; perhaps that’s why we spend money we haven’t got on things that are beautiful.