50 years ago today, on the 17th February 1969, while still a student in the National College of Art and Design, I signed a lease on a garden flat in Herbert Place, along the canal, in Dublin 2. I knew that I wanted to make my living as a painter and to do that I needed a studio.The lease was for 2 years and 9 months and the rent was around £30 a month; I stayed there for 17 very happy years, before moving on to a place of my own.Bernadette-Web