After a conversation with one of my students at one of my weekly art classes on how difficult it can be to break into the art world, I began thinking about the beginnings of my career as a professional artist. Way back in the mid-80’s, I was working in the public sector and painting in my spare time. Luckily, two paintings of mine, Tempest Warriors and Resplendent Rains, were reproduced as fine art prints by Solomon & Whitehead Guild Printers, a highly respected art dealer and printing company. These two prints were phenomenally successful and kick-started my professional artistic career. Although the original paintings and print run are now long sold, I have kept one copy of each for myself, a happy reminder of a really important moment in my life. I also admit to feeling a little nostalgic about them!