Alf Milsom was a mechanic at White Tree Garage in Bristol, working with and for my father from 1947 for over 30 years. He was a talented artist, specialising in historical views of Bristol. He was a member of the Savages Club and had been offered and refused a scholarship at the Royal West of England Academy. In 1953 he submitted a painting to the RWA for the annual open show and it was accepted.
Alf was instrumental in encouraging me as an artist, supplying me with paints, palette and encouragement. My first exhibition, with Alf, was at the age of 13.
In 2003, fifty years after Alf showed work at the RWA, I submitted my first work and had it accepted. I wrote to Alf, 3 months before he died. It was Alf who inspired me and encouraged me to find my creative side.