Bob only began to paint when his friends introduced him to the St Martin’s Art Group about thirteen or fourteen years ago. Since he joined, he feels his work has developed enormously. “The way I express myself has become much clearer and I am more confident – I feel safe working in a friendly, caring environment. My painting is important for its own sake, it’s a fun thing, but it is also a fulfilment.” Bob Maurice was born in Fulham, South London, but has worked all over the UK. For several years, he worked as a boat builder amongst other jobs. He has lived in London for the past fifteen years and now has his own accommodation.