In the Peranakan-styled art that he is now best known for, Desmond is totally self-taught, although a strong influence from Modigliani, Rousseau, de Lempicka and Art Deco is prevalent. He has won many national prizes â€“ for playwriting, poetry and prose â€“ but not (yet) for painting. He paints for the sheer pleasure of the coloursâ€¦ and for the sheer freedom offered by pristine canvases. While his day job has totally to do with words (he is a communications and branding consultant), his passion for painting totally takes up the other side of his brain in his free time. It is a passion that has grown for nearly two decades, and has yet to abate.