As a child I was lucky enough to be taught by South African artist Cecily Sash, who for some strange reason moved to our town. But apart from the odd birthday card for friends and a couple of little books for their children I stopped regularly painting and drawing when I left home. Over 15 years later I took it up again when I attended a cartooning evening course in Bologna led by Andrea Borgioli, based on the use of black and white in classic Italian comics. I have hardly touched colour since. All of my pictures are now painted in black ink, using Gimp to increase the contrast, add screentone and correct the inevitable mistakes.