I barely qualify for an entry as I have in the main worked in schools and subsequently universities on arts (plural) teacher training, and qualitative research into educational and social initiatives. I am, however, trained as an art teacher.

Since retiring I have begun to pursue a life-changing wish list, first to write a novel (Sorted: Spurious Games was out last month) and then to become at approximately half my time a portrait painter and landscape/seascape artist. Watch this space.materials. The exception to this is pantomime where backdrops of canvases painted in 3D are still used.

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Front and back covers of Spurious Games

At the moment I have little to show, although I have attended life classes, sketch a lot and persuaded the Cornwall Chess Association to take me on as their resident cartoonist. Although in my 80’s, now I have the time I regard myself as promising.

I was trained at University college, Cardiff with QTS to teach Art and English but ended up as an academic in the curriculum reform movement (Integrated Humanities) and subsequently as a professional evaluator.

My first self-portrait in oils. Chess player as Everyman surrounded by memento mori and attendant teddy Bear

I am most comfortable with some combination of soft pencil, crayon, chalk, wash and indian ink but I am learning oils – see self-portrait attached .

I have a garden in Upper Kelly overlooking the Calstock viaduct and overlooking Devon. It has got my signature on it, hopefully working en plain air. I am under the spell of the Penlee Gallery.

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Cartoon from CCA cartoon archive

Career highlights: one of my reports was awarded 2011 ‘Evaluation of the Year’ by the American Evaluation Association; played chess for Fiji in the 1994 Moscow Olympiad; Spurious Games published 2020

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Cartoons from CCA cartoon archive


Best work-related thing recently?

A: Not very recent but taught Polynesian masks with Tevi Tevalu at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji.

What's your favourite book and/or film?

Richard Burton’s seventeenth century masterpiece The Anatomy of Melancholy

What irritates you?

I get irritated by incompetent buffoonery masquerading as government, although I prefer to call it righteous anger

Who would you most like to meet (anyone dead or alive)?

Artimisia Gentileschi

Who is your hero/who do you most admire?

I am not a natural disciple (no heroes) but I admire any act that combines selflessness and courage.

What motivates and inspires you?

Inspired? I wish! As human beings we are all culpable underachievers.