We are sitting in the most delightful pub, light and airy, with great selection of ales, smiley chatty staff and comfy seats. It still has the original oak beams and a large open fire, but the smell of tobacco has long since faded. We are both drinking a beer in a traditional dimpled pint glass, Margaret is drinking a Hawkshead Gold and I'm enjoying my Fursty Ferret by Badger.
Are you now a serious painter, or are you still having fun?
I don't take my art too seriously. I have pushed a paintbrush all my life, as a Lettering Artist, so I find painting a natural thing for me. I am not too worried about the result, and consider myself a bit of a lightweight, never concentrating on a particular style.
Have you ever painted over a painting because you didn't like it? I couldn't do that, I think I'd keep every little scrap I produce.
I always paint over old work, because I’m really a ‘meanie’.
I would love to travel through the Italian landscape for a month painting the hills, trees and old houses. Have you thought about packing up you paint brushes and spend a month in another country painting?
I love it here, I have no real desire to travel anywhere else to paint. Anywhere in Cumbria is a dream to paint, though not being a true landscape painter, I will be found painting an old hen house, or a tumbling down barn