Ever since I began to paint seriously in 2003, I had a firm goal in mind of exactly the ‘look’ I wanted to achieve with my work. It has been a long process and involved a close study of artists I admire. For example I learned the vital importance of tonal control from the limited palette of Ashley Jackson; the great US watercolourist Nita Engle taught me the freedom of working with wash and mask; Turner demonstrated to me the importance of light and then the great Victorian masters taught me the value of craftsmanship and construction. The final piece to my jigsaw fitted when I saw the magnificent ‘Bigger Picture’ exhibition by David Hockney at the RA. He taught me the necessity of ‘making marks’. By incorporating all these lessons I am near my goal at last!