"One Sunday lunch-time when I was 9 years old, my mother asked my uncle how long he was going to paint abstract for. After lunch I went upstairs to my oil paints in the attic to see if I could paint an abstract, and discovered I couldn’t. Ever since then I have been concerned with the formalities of picture making – balance, line, colour, tone, space, proportion and so on.
I started painting full time in 1973 as an abstract painter, but now also do figurative work when the subject demands no ambiguity.
Amongst the many painters who have influenced me are Barnet Newman, Duccio, Piero della Francesca, Ben Nicholson, my uncle, William Scott and John Craxton."
Image credit: Phil Maxwell