I originally started with the OCA in the 1990’s but work got in the way and I re-started since retiring in 2011. Distance learning with the OCA has provided me with all the advantages of intellectually stimulating study and which has enabled me to stretch my horizons beyond what I had expected. I now feel that my work is much less derivative and has a greater sense of my personal presence with which I can start to communicate my ideas more readily and creatively. The independence of the study mode is augmented with personal tuition that I seem ideally suited to.