My old painting teacher was texture obsessed. I would attempt to simplify my paintings and she would then berate me for producing boring work and insist that I use loads of different colors and tones to make the surface more interesting. I was 15 at the time. I know that at this point I am meant to be magnanimous and state that she was right all along but, to be perfectly honest, I still think that I was right. Saying that, she was an excellent teacher and after 36 years I still remember her views on just about everything to do with composition.