Unlike many writers, who penned their first novels in their teenage years, I entered the writing world late in life. I disliked essays and creative writing at school, and only set my first hesitant and self-conscious novel scenes to paper back in 2004.
Maybe it was a mid-life crisis.
On the other hand, I have always been an artist. Some of my earliest memories are of the Daleks first gliding onto TV screens in 1963, and of me covering page after page with imaginary Dalek battles.
I've been hooked on creating sci-fi images ever since.
These paintings are all large poster size - 30" x 22" or some close approximation depending on what sized paperorcard I had handy.
I've divided the gallery into four sections, and arranged them in reverse ordersoyou'redelvingback intime.
The oldest paintings, and the largest group, were done at the end of my last school year and through college-1978to1981.
Then there was a bit of a gap. I still painted but didn't complete anythingforafewyears.Themiddlegroup, spanning1985to1996,representsatransitionin styletobolder, richercolorsandawayfromheavyuseof blackforshading.
Up until then, I was working with poster colors on cartridge paper. I then switched to gouache on a heavier cardstock for the more recent works. These groups have a softer, less harsh feel to them.
Like my earlier work, the third group was completed in a brief burst of activity, from 1999 to 2001 before I mostly set my paintbrushes aside to concentrate on writing.
The most recent group, dating from 2014, consists of cover art for my books, and finally some painting for pure release again rather than for any practical purpose.