In 2017 my wife, ceramicist Kath McDonald, and I made the decision to open, in Lancaster city centre, our own gallery with artist studios, King Street Studios. Over the following years our energies have been focused on delivering exhibitions, workshops and supporting the work of fellow artists; the consequence of which as been a trailing off of the amount of time available for Kath’s and my creative output. The catalyst for the decision had been back in June 2011 when I made the decision to take a space with a local artist studio group. Since then and up to 2017 I had been working productively and built up a body of work, and achieved some success. I was selected into the final show of the ‘Threadneedle Prize’ 2012, where a reproduction of my painting was used on the invitation. I was also longlisted for the ‘Neo Painting exhibition’ and the ‘National Open Art Competition’. Although I have been painting and exhibiting for some years it was joining that newly established art studio that I had the space and time to commit to developing myself professionally and begin to seek a wider audience for my work. Part of the thinking behind opening King Street Studios was to develop a wider audience for ours and other artists work in a gallery space purely dedicated to the presentation of visual art.