My academic training isn't in art but in modern languages - specifically translating from and into German.
Translation is an art which depends on noticing the subtleties of words and the effect they produce collectively. It demands a patient eye, but crucially also the ability to tune in to yourself: to observe your own responses to what you're taking in, and use them to form the interpretation that you throw back out into the world. For me, it's got a huge amount in common with drawing from life.
I find people (myself included) the most fun to observe, and so I draw and paint them a lot. I try not to take any of us too seriously.
In the other half of my double life, I work in TV. I've produced factual and specialist factual content for the best-known UK broadcasters, and developed formats and ideas for many more.
I take on commissions of all kinds. Why not take a look at my work and drop me a line.