the 18 paintings selected for my debut participation in a collective show with local portuguese artists in a xixth century palace in the outskirts of lisbon were taken from amongst the works completed and gathered between 1980 and 1985 without (at that time) any professional intent. all were watercolour on paper and the themes magical-realistic in nature. these works were an attempt to escape the surrealist inspiration of the very beginnings and were truly auto-didactic in nature. at this stage i had had no contact whatsoever with other artists and my sole means of apprenticeship was trial and error and my many visits to museums and art galleries around the world. my first priority and necessity was to create a world that could be said to be my own.