I started painting about nine years ago. With no formal training, I had no idea where to begin. I purchased a special offer in W H Smith's of an acrylic starter set, as that seemed to be the easiest to use for a beginner! My idea was to produce paintings good enough to hang around the house. I then discovered some evening classes organised through the Eye Arts Guild, joined and met other members. When these finished, I then went on a couple of courses run by Sylvia Philpot. I have now completed about forty paintings, exhibiting locally and selling one or two each year. I'm not good at drawing, but prefer just to paint and see what happens. I tend to look for difficult subjects, trying to learn as I go.