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This is a selection of my favourite works by the masters. As I mentioned on the 'After Effects' page, study of the masters helps your own work, but it's important to keep it in perspective; a line in a self-help book I read a while back rings very true - 'you will never be Claude Monet so get over it'. My tastes are mostly for mid-nineteenth century onwards, especially Turner, Corot, Monet, Pissarro, Cezanne and van Gogh.  For me Vermeer and Valazquez are the exceptions. Of later artists, I am very fond of the Scottish Colourists and of Edward Seago. But ultimately for me everything comes down to Mark Rothko. I first saw his Seagram murals in Tate Britain back in the seventies and have visited them fairly regularly ever since. I had the opportunity to see his retrospective exhibition at Tate Modern a few years ago which taught me a lot about his technique. The complexity of his paintings is truly amazing.