It is very tempting to let the images speak for themselves and of course ultimately they must. Nonetheless this blog enables me to explain something about how, why, when and where my work is made. By “blogging” I hope to be able to share why certain decisions are made and to explain the choice in composition or other issues regarding technique. It is a place where I can share parts of my working day, the progress of a painting or etching and where my work is to be exhibited. Even the great French painter Edgar Degas felt it necessary to explain that his work was not a “snapshot” but very carefully composed. “Even when working from nature, one has to compose.” he said and added, “No art was ever less spontaneous than mine, What I do is the result of reflection and the study of the great masters; of inspiration, spontaneity, temperament, I know nothing.” Even though I like this quote despite (or maybe because of) its slightly haughty tone, my blog will share my inspiration whether it be a certain spirituality found in threatening dark clouds over remote moorland or the excitement, dynamism and atmosphere of musicians and audience during a live performance.