The courses I teach are structured to give the students an experience of developing a painting that is similar to my own approach. In this way, I aim to impart my knowledge of painting built up over many years of practice as a painter. It is always interesting to see the paintings produced by the students during a course and I often find I learn something new too. The landscape of West Penwith provides plenty of inspiration. I often draw outside, usually choosing animals in fields, farms, flora and fauna as subjects. Or, I might work from a still life in my studio. Whatever the subject, the process of observing and recording as a starting point is the same and the paintings develop from these drawings and my memory of the subject.