Nearly made it. “Guardians of the Mangrove Oyster” (View Picture Profile) was pre-selected for the Columbia Threadneedle Prize, but I have missed out on the final 93 paintings which have been selected for the exhibition. Oh well…! The painting was done to help demonstrate a lecture given by Dr Helen Scales in May 2015, and the other little painting, “Digging for Mussels” (View Picture Profile) was a practice picture to paint with Acrylics as I had not used that media before (I do not like Acrylic paint much – like painting with plastic, and very forgiving for covering up mistakes). Digging for Mussels will be on show at the Cambridge Open Art Exhibition, Swavesey Village College, this coming weekend. I shall be there all day Saturday with some cards and prints for sale, so perhaps see you there? This is my last exhibition of 2015 and probably my last for some time due to personal circumstances. But I have had a great last two years, and thank you to everyone who has been to see my work, told me how talented I am and to keep painting, and to those special people who now have my work hanging on their walls. Do please enjoy. Happy Christmas and New Year, and may 2016 bring us all more joy than sadness.