When I was four years old I had a bad squint in one eye and had to wear glasses and a patch over the eye for a year. From that I became aware of vision, image and 3D space.
I was always creating things to impress my family - most of all my mum. I only realised, when she died about 40 years later that she was my biggest audience. I was devastated. My power supply was
cut. I created nothing for about 2 years, but you move on.
In the 60s our family used to make recordings to send to our Aunt in Australia. It was before cheap long distance phone calls - we used the 1/4" reel to reel tape recorder my dad used to play
music at the youth club, which he ran at the local church..
I used to spend hours messing around with the tape machine making noises, creating effects and designing a whole world of sound to escape into!. I was a bit of a teenage geek and would live in
the attic where I also had small Russian enlarger that I used to print black-and-white photographs. We also had an old piano and I would come home from school and play on it for hours! A
girlfriend taught me to play boogie woogie, blues and rock 'n' roll - I was hooked.
Before long I was learning anything and everything by ear. I was never that good but loved playing for hours - it was my therapy after a day at school. It was only after playing Benny & The
Jets for the 15th time my mum would call time - enough is enough!
I am lucky to be inspired not only visually but also through sound and music.
Chrom-Art is such an exciting place to develop ideas and it's been amazing how fast it's all taken off! It's going to be a great year as the Chrom-Art concept goes from strength to strength.