I like to set myself challenges in painting. There's no point if it's easy. As a retired architect I know that I can draw, but my training makes me too precise and I suffer from that common tendency to "fiddle". To counteract this I've done quite a lot of work with palette knife. I find that this helps me to make bold marks, and I wish I could remember to always use a much bigger brush than I think I should use. With my landscapes I've been trying to capture the feel of the weather. The "Massacre of the Innocents" is a reinterpretation of the famous Rubens painting, with parents and junk food replacing King Herod's soldiers.