I've always been an artist even when I am being a Biologist. And the biology, inevitably, is interwoven into my art. As a species our defining characteristics, which set us apart from the rest of nature, are the need and ability to communicate, whether with speech and language, music or the production of visual images. Our early presence is often indicated by not just bones in the earth but by the things we crafted and the images we painted with pigment on rock walls. What precisely the intention of our ancestors was in the creation of these pictures we will never know, but they succeed in telling us, across thousands of years, those things which they considered to be important, significant and worthy of visual record. And that to me is the fundamental basis of visual art, whether it records a moment of beauty or communicates an event or story or emotion, it is saying,' Look again, this is significant to me, this is how I see the world, this is how I feel about it. Do you feel the same?''
So, whether I paint a flower that really exists or something happening in my imagination, all I am asking is for others to look . This is how I see the world. How do you see it?