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I Love Mondays: The autobiography of Sir Alec Reed CBE by Judi Bevan, Alec Reed

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CHAPTER 20Getting arty

A PART FROM MY THREE-WEEK COURSE at Harvard, most of my further education has been self administered. However, I owe a lot of my knowledge of the arts to Adrianne. Gradually in our life together Adrianne has exposed me to new experiences and, although we have different preferences, I now enjoy music, ballet and art in a way I never would have without her.

When I stepped back from the business, I decided to start painting again. Adrianne wisely said: ‘What you need is some lessons.’ I agreed, so she found Ken Payne, a leading portrait painter, as that was what interested me. I became very keen and for a while I painted every day. It particularly helped me get through chemotherapy after my second run-in with cancer. I enjoy ...

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