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I am half-Indian, half-English, and perhaps as a result am inspired by images of a mystical, magical and unreal India populated by blue or yellow elephants, jewelled peacocks and women in embroidered red-and-gold saris. I grew up in rural Lincolnshire, studied French and Spanish at the University of Oxford in the late 1970s, then drifted into computer programming and now have a job as a software developer for the Bodleian Library, Oxford, while painting as a hobby.
In May 2011 I appeared on BBC TV on a talent show for artists called Show Me the Monet: I entered with my picture Bird People: the Chaffinch Family and got into the last 96 out of 1,200 entries. I also participated in a local arts festival, Oxfordshire Artweeks 2011, and was shortlisted in a competition to provide an image for the cover of the printed guide to the festival.
I have always loved painting, but for years of my adult life I felt undermined by people's discouraging attitude, and did not produce any artwork. Then I started enviously eying and sneakily using my young daughter's art materials! Finally I decided I had better get some paints of my own! I started painting ceramic tiles to decorate my home, and those images are now in my Magic Country FAA gallery.
Next I wrote and illustrated a children's book called Jasmine's Unicorn, and the full-colour version of the illustrations can be seen here in my Jasmine and the Unicorns gallery, while the story itself (with black-and-white pictures) is available from Amazon and also Amazon UK.
My latest multi-picture project has been a series called 'Bird People': weird magic birds with human heads soar through a deep blue sky. Those pictures are in the Bird People, Mer People gallery.
I've recently been diverted from 'Bird People' onto a few other little odds and ends, though I plan to return to it soon. I did a painting of monkeys swinging through the trees at a friend's request, and am currently working on another mermaid picture combining undersea fantasy with nitty-gritty parental reality, to be called Mer Mum and Comb.