A self-taught artist, I decided to take up painting after I retired from work in October 2015. I have to mention here that it was one of my daughter’s friends, Jimmy Thomas, who prodded me into taking up painting seriously. Thanks to him, what started off as a hobby has now become a passionate profession! Realism/hyperrealism is what I prefer to depict through my art and I have a particular fascination for painting domestic animals, especially dogs and cats and have done several commissioned works. Although I started my art career using oils, I enjoy the challenge of trying my hand at other mediums too. Of late, I have been hooked onto soft pastels and thus the reason for submitting more of my pastel works than others.