When I was about 6 I used to ask my dad to draw pictures of my Knightrider car for me. He’d do them from the side on, and even though he says he can’t draw, I thought they were amazing. I can remember gasping when I saw them. He used to leave gaps between the chassis and the wheels, and when I asked why they were there, he said “because thats how it is”. What he meant was that it was a toy, and so you could literally see right through the car just above the wheels. I wonder if this sewed the seeds of my drawing style in that I draw what I see, rather than re-interpreting it or drawing what I think I see. In a way, this way of thinking influenced my interest in psychology as well, trying to see what is there rather than being influenced by your own imagination.
Later, when I was 8 years old I was inspired by a teacher called Mrs Dennehy (or something like that) who brought in a drawing she’d done of a wine glass and bottle. So that’s what set me off.