I am 64 years old and I have been painting and drawing since I was a child. I left home at 16 and worked at various office and factory jobs until I was 21 when I was accepted as a student at Croydon Art College. I left during the first spring term and six months later I was admitted to Farnborough psychiatric unit. I became a revolving door patient spending time in hospitals in the south east until I was referred to a rehabilitation ward at Stonehouse hospital. I was discharged into the community. Though I was discouraged from painting and drawing in the old hospitals I believe my artwork has helped me keep out of the hospitals by occupying my mind and diverting my attention away from my illness. My pictures are of the old hospitals, of life in the community.I have added pictures from three series, ‘Dartford’, ‘The Rakes Progress’, and ‘The Alley’, continuing the theme of the world seen through the eyes of a care in the community patient. The pictures in ‘The Rakes Progress’ and ‘The Alley are meant to draw attention to the problems caused by the ghettoization of the mentally ill and the drug users in the community since day resources, such as occupational therapy and art departments, and day centres and day hospitals, have been closed because of a lack of funding. As my work is a coping strategy it is not always possible to focus on themes, and ambiguity creeps in leaving the pictures open misinterpretation, but they may still serve to educate people who are unaware of the facts concerning care in the community patients. I have also done more decorative, and experimental work, using notes and sketches from dreams and abstract painting and drawing.