What drives me to create artwork and my collages are both my own personal circumstance, which is about reinventing myself since retirement as an older artist. I find that it is hard to establish yourself. My collages reflect the world as I see it, what I observe going around Coventry the vibrancy, but I still feel as if I’m outside looking in as an observer rather than a participant. The advertising on billboards fascinate me, particularly when it is ripped away and becomes nothing – it loses its message. I also look to the past the things that influenced me; music, dance, northern soul, going to Italy and the heyday that I was going through in the 70s. I moved to Coventry three years ago to what appears on the surface as a post-industrial city that seems to be falling apart and it changed the way I make work and the lens I see it through. I hope I’m able to tell my story and other older peoples stories through the work.