Some years ago, at a time when I was becoming temporarily disillusioned with photography, I started painting with oils and tempera.

I saw an exhibition of Orientalism. Prominent were a lot of paintings of Jean Léon Gérôme. That really struck a chord. So do works of contemporary artists like Andrew Wyeth and Peter Poskas.

 It is not easy to find the time and solitude to paint in a hurried world. I like to do it while listening to classical music - and not the aggravating variety – being very relaxed and absolutely without pressure from outside.

Thus it is that you won’t find piles of completed canvases stacked against the wall. But who knows. I’m still working on the big scheme.