I titled this one Mystery Lady because of the following reasons. I went to a place called Rottingdean, Brighton with our Art club a week ago. I already had done one painting and a sketch when a friend of mine said that he was going to take a walk into a lovely walled garden that had belonged to Rudyard Kipling, The famous Author and Poet. He lived at this beautiful house and Gardens. So I said that I would come with him. As we were about to walk into these Gardens, an elderly lady was just infront of us and my mate asked me if I believed in Ghost`s, I said that I wasn`t too sure. He said well, that lady is the wife of Rudyard Kipling in Ghost form. I laughed at that but I thought she would make a nice subject, so I tooke a photo of her and that is the lady in my painting.
I started painting around 1990 and loved it straight away.
I started with watercolour,and then after about 15 years I moved to Oils and acrylics. I still paint the odd watercolour to keep my hand in so to speak. I love impressionism. The only time I use detail is when I paint portraits. Otherwise it is my interpretation of the subject.
I am retired but still find it hard to find time to paint. I reckon I can manage to do a painting about three times a week.
Originally I was a Motor Mechanic. Then, for the eighteen years leading up to my retirement, I worked
for Barclays bank.