Metamorphoses betray a certain Japanese influence. They are flat, two-dimensional, and narrowly vertical like a Japanese screen. Aubrey Beardsley has also been an influence throughout my career ever since as a youngster large prints of his decorated many a student’s wall in the 1970s. Some of the images were carried out in collaboration with sculptor Giorgio Bevignani. Another influence has been musical, Metamorphosen by Richard Strauss one of my favourite composers. The Japanese calligraphy on Arbor Vitae was beautifully written by a Japanese woman who visited my gallery: 'even a chance encounter is part of our destiny'.