Had a clear out in the attic last weekend and found one of my childhood books, 'Henry's Cat -The Artist'. Turns out that this was perhaps more influential than I may have realised at the time. What's even better and why I include it here, is that in its child-like clarity it offers a highly perceptive definition of 'what art is' that I'd say is pretty spot-on (albeit in a succinct, philosophical sort-of way),
"So it's just a matter of seeing the world differently."
If anyone wants me I'll be looking for more answers in a copy of 'Tank Engine Thomas Again'.