“By profession I am a goldsmith and have been, on and off, since I was 18 and graduated from The Sir John Cass College. The deterioration of my eyesight over the past year or two has meant I’ve been unable to do the very fine work at the bench, so while I do still buy all the gems, design all the work and make the pieces I can still make, I have wonderful subcontractors who build my visions for me.
This has left a huge gap in my life so I decided to learn how to paint with oils; I got myself a great teacher who says I have gone ‘from strength to strength in a very short time’, and I absolutely love it!
Apart from the fact I can see what I’m creating, I’m excited about the whole new medium of oil painting from every point of view. The freedom of the canvas, learning about colours and how to make them, and – quite like the jewellery, actually – the never knowing whether I’ve got it right first time or whether I’m going to work on it for several days.
I have always loved art and have a huge and completely eclectic collection, but I never imagined I might be hanging something of my own on my walls, and now I am. It’s wonderful, and the perfect compensation for losing my first love – being a goldsmith.”