2007 was the year when I unavoidably became 75. I could have celebrated with one minute’s silence but instead I chose to look back on my Hong Kong activities and display some of the more tangible results at an Exhibition (sponsored by Swires and in aid of TREATS) at the Park Court of Pacific Place, Hong Kong.
Like so many creative people I have occasional moments of what could be described as ‘ecstasy’ and many more moments of self-doubt and ‘agony’. But the overwhelming feeling I experience, as I attempt to assemble the paintings, prints, reviews and other published matter, is one of bewilderment that I found the many hours in which to do it all.
I was teaching full-time, a happy process for me of passing on encouragement and enthusiasm, rather than learning, and I tried to be involved as much as possible with Moyreen in bringing up our three children. I owe a great debt of gratitude to my wife, and also to the youngsters, Katrina, Simon and Nicolas, for the pleasure of their company and their support as I involved myself in a wide spectrum of creative activities.
I also owe a debt of gratitude to the many friends and strangers who have bought my art work, but I must especially thank Keith Kerr and Swires for their continuing kindness and endeavours in helping to put on what is understandably for me a rather special exhibition. I would also like to thank the many writers for allowing me to re-print their kind words collected over the years. Like most artists I need all the encouragement I can get!