"Today I visited Gill to show her the two portraits. She was very kind and said i'd made a good job of both of them. Although very nervous before I showed them to her I was soon put at ease by her usual charm. Over a cup of Tea she asked what I wanted for one of the portraits not realising that I was gifting one of them to her. Of course I took nothing and it was a pleasure to give something back to the lady who gave me so much support and encouragement at the very start of my career.'