Mistakes are an important part of an artist’s training. No-one likes them, but every mark out of place or muddy colour does clarify something in the mind. You have to reassure yourself – the next painting will be better, and you will never stop learning – that’s what art is like.

My drawing is not as fluent when I am tired. With painting as well, it’s all too easy to choose the wrong colour or to make a muddy mess with the paint. If I don’t manage to save the piece, sometimes it’s possible to recycle the canvas or board.

There’s no short cut to a final painting, and inspiration may follow something of an internal dialogue –what can I do now? Do I need to go away and research something at this point? Art is a circular process; knowledge and experience grow through making mistakes, and each obstacle creates a new challenge.