In 1967 I dared have a first show - a first solo exhibition. I was 22. The prices on the typewritten list were good for the times and also good to start - i.e. : growth possibilities. Was there quality in the presentation? That, it seems was a matter of speculation. . . Being a bilingual country we had/have the benefit of 2 languages and therefore 2 cultural perspectives when presenting reviews of art exhibitions. In English, the critics were welcoming - less so were the French newspapers. . . And in hindsight the French were correct in being critical of my debut. "Get back to the drawing board!". . . "Learn from history. Don't repeat it. . ." "Amateur work." "Keep your efforts to yourself." They left me with lots to ponder. I guess encouragement comes in many forms. . . .
I am a painter and writer who's whole life has been influenced by one precept : "thinking each our own thoughts makes us relevant and relevance makes us powerful."