–  hmm ..  the first picture you took that made you go ‘wow’  …

This is difficult, outside the dining hall at primary school was a print of the Van Gogh ‘”Prisoners in a Courtyard’ quite what this was meant to be saying to under ten’s queuing for their lunch i’m not sure ! But I got to study it everyday as i stood in line and it really had a profound effect on me, especially the central figure looking out at the viewer, I was able to day dream and let my imagination run freely using this picture as a starting point. After the collapse of communism the Russians lent it to MOMA in New York and I was able to see it for real, this was a very emotional moment for me, and I spent many hours in the museum studying it . It is a painting of something ‘real’, art with a purpose which for me is what art should be about.

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