The more I age the harder it is for me to be inspired. Is that suppose to happen? Or am I going through some sort of mid life crises, late as usual. When I was a student in my twenties I found inspiration in most things. What was frustrating in those days was I hadn't acquired the skills to portray what I was feeling at the time. And like so many young men in their youth, had their minds on other things rather then studying what they should have been studying; in my case, art. Anyway, I got through those years and now I feel confidant to paint without thinking about how to do it and the distractions of life have become less over the years. But I still look back and believe I should have studied harder. Because what’s lost in youth can never be recovered. In my spare time I would attend life classes at adult education centres and art classes in the Manchester area. I guess as a penance for my wayward youth. Now, retired I find I can devout most of my time to painting and drawing. I am interested in the human figure and landscape/marine paintings and hope to combine the two successfully one day in the impressionist style of painting which I admire very much. I am attracted to Abstract/Abstract Expressionism and would like to discover a way in without completely abandoning my realist palette. I admire the work of Constable but prefer his preparatory paintings to his larger six foot canvases. These are to me what painting is about. Fluid brush strokes and a rich paint texture. It is a style of painting landscape I hope to achieve one day. But my interest is still with the human figure which I find fascinating.