What is your general background in art?
Self-taught; I've been drawing (horses, usually) since I could hold a pencil. Apparently as a child I was adept at decorating walls, sheets, even myself. When I discovered the Pre-Raphaelites I knew that was how I wanted to paint.
What drew you to Michael in the first place?
My first sight of him was way before Robin - it was a photo in a magazine
and I thought he just had a 'look' that really appealed to me. I can't really describe it... then I saw him in
and I became really interested!
What quality or qualities does he convey?
Depends on the part he's playing. He's a real chameleon onstage or on film.
He can be thoroughly nasty or impossibly naive!
Of course in real life, he's just as interesting.
Have you used him more than once? If so, why? Were they representing different characters?
Yes, or I've based a character on him. I think you'll find it happens with some artists -- Waterhouse, Rossetti, and Burne-Jones all drew the same 'type' and none of their works is any the worse for it.