I am a 64 year old self-taught amateur artist living in Iver, Bucks. Like many people I enjoyed drawing from an early age, mainly inspired by the Marvel comics I then read. "Unfortunately" my working life and family took precedence for many years so it was a true joy to return to painting after I retired in 2012 . I started by using acrylic paints - partly put off by using what I perceived as more difficult traditional oils - but having discovered water mixable oils was a godsend (and a lot easier to clean up afterwards!) My true love is portrait painting, usually in a realistic style but more and more trying to become looser in my approach. I am quite old fashioned and still believe that a portrait should capture a likeness and finds it frustrating when it doesn’t and I can't work out why! The internet has proven to me that there are so many talented artists out there who are completely unknown but they still provide daily inspiration . A big thank you to all those nameless souls.