Received the first of many painting commissions: the subject was of a skull floating above the ruins of Hiroshima after the bomb was detonated...
Worked on and off in factories from office furniture warehouse to dye house and from part-time proof reader to textiles packer. Spent long periods unemployed. Hated just about every job I had. It just did not feel right. Was I missing something? Drank copious amounts of alcohol at weekends.
Slowly but surely I discovered that maybe the universe and life were not accidental after all. Had I been spoon fed a big fat untruth at school ?
Discovered that I am bi-polar. People like Winston Churchill and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin were also bi-polar.
Discovered a possibility of surviving through selling my artwork.
Discovered how difficult it can be.
Diligently kept improving my technique and started to stay indoors more and more.
Started to believe in destiny and of a universal purpose in life.
Started to accept the idea that the universe is conscious.
More episodes of manic-depression leading to a move to France.
Worked at BBQ restaurants, campsites and became the personal student of artist Herdin Radtke, who worked in Cadaques, Spain with artists like Salvador Dali and Robert Venosa in the 1970’s.
Continued to drink copious amounts of alcohol.