What is your background?
I am a Chartered Architect and a Swiss-trained hotelier, now retired.
Explain what you do in 100 words
Now that I am retired I have three main thrusts to my life. I write novels, a travel book (coming out soon) and lead a Creative Writing Group. Second, I paint in my studio at the bottom of my garden and third, I teach French to 10 very naughty 75 year old ladies and two very good men. Known as Rireuneminute (laugh a minute) we enjoy every moment trying to get this undisciplined mob through France without too many hiccoughs! Life should never be wasted and I feel now is the time to put something back.
What five words best describe your work?
Timelessness; hunger; openness; aloneness; companionship
What are you working on at the moment?
A much larger canvas based on a smaller picture submitted to this year’s exhibition (‘…and some seed fell on stony ground’).
Which three artists inspire you?
Michael Morgan; Andrew Wyeth; Kurt Jackson
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
‘… Marry that girl, you’ll never regret it.’
Favourite or most inspirational place in Yorkshire?
Flamborough Head in a winter storm.
Tell us something we don’t know
I combined my two very different skills into becoming a Director of an hotel development company, so nothing was ever wasted.