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Riff's story

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This is a very brief, and simple overview – a little bit about me, why this site exists and, Oxford commas.

I have always been keen on art – as a youth I had ambitions of working in the comic industry, but that never panned out for many reasons. I did like to think that once I had some talent and that my pen & ink was something that would be appreciated.

Sadly over time, I put the art away and did other things and forgot about it.

Then came the depression – I’ve battled with it for well over a decade now, sometimes it’s crushed me, sometimes I’ve risen above it but it’s been there for a long time, lurking in the background, always ready to strike, especially when I’m low or vulnerable.

Then, about a year ago, I bought some watercolours, almost on a whim. I felt like immersing myself and I was feeling very low at the time and immediately, although my work at that time was pretty crap (I’d not even touched pen and paints for best part of 30 years) I was reasonably pleased with the results and, more importantly (see, another one!) I found that while I was painting (or to be more precise, involving myself in art) the black mood lifted significantly. While I was working on a piece, the whole experience lifted my mood.

Thus, I have immersed myself in a good deal more detail over some months now. Happily, my work seems to have been well received by those who’ve seen it and, to my genuine surprise, some have suggested there may be a market out there for my painting.

Whether or not that is true, I find the creative process very therapeutic. I took up a short course which is as much a social occasion as a painting class but it helps me and works well for me and I have (re)learned a great deal in the time I’ve been attending.

So this is the result, a place for me to share my art, some thoughts about the paintings and their inspiration, etc. Perhaps there’ll be some commercial benefit for me – but that’s a secondary consideration (albeit somewhat useful.) The main thing is that I hope you, dear reader, enjoy this site, my art and continue to come back!

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