This may sound pretentious, and I'm sorry about that, but it is an attempt to honestly describe how words work for me. I'm a painter who writes, and the other way around - a writer who paints. I was shortlisted for the Anthony Burgess Award for Arts Journalism, I was published in an anthology of short stories, and my story was then shortlisted for The Raconteur Short Story of the Year; my novel, 'The Driftwood Giraffe' is on sale at Amazon/Kindle as well as Nook and Barnes and Noble and it was shortlisted for the Lightship Novel Prize; and I received a Chiltern Writers prize. The interconnection between many of my paintings and the printed word is where I like to operate. Some of my word paintings can be seen at peterkettle.com and I work on commission if needed.