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I've always felt very English.
I've realized that I can do performances.
In my old age, I'll be in L.A.
It's very British to go about to see something unusual and paint it.
Most artists work all the time, they do actually, especially good artists, they work all the time, what else is there to do? I mean you do.
Of course you can still paint landscape - it's not been worn out.
Picasso is still influencing me. Of course, I haven't got that kind of energy, or skill.
The moment I got a very big studio, everything took off.
But slowly I began to use cameras and then think about what it was that was going on. It took me a long time, I mean I actually played with cameras and photography for about 20 years.
Anyway I feel myself a bit on the edge on the art world, but I don't mind, I'm just pursuing my work in a very excited way. And there isn't really a mainstream anymore, is there?
I was 18 when I first visited London, I'm very provincial like that, but I must confess the moment I got to America I thought: This is the place. It was more open, with 24-hour cities and pubs and restaurants that didn't close.
I worked in the NHS as a hospital orderly during my national service, and people thought it was a noble service. But over the years it's lost its humanity.
I think my father would have liked to have been an artist, actually. But I think he didn't quite have perhaps the drive or, I don't know, I mean he had a family to bring up I suppose.
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