Name: Gerard D'Alton Henderson. Age: 69. Occupation: Famous artist and muralist based in Hong Kong. Career path: My father, an Irish intellectual, was editor of the Malay Mail and The Straits Times and my beautiful Chinese mother was an artist. I was born in 1928 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I studied at home and learned the violin from the age of nine. The war years I spent in Singapore at a buddhist monastery learning Chinese and Japanese. At the age of 17, I became First Violinist for the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. But I felt I needed to express myself in another way so, on the strength of a few portrait commissions, I set up my own studio. I moved to Spain in 1956 and went to art school. I spent a year working with famous Spanish sculptor Enrique Monjo and then, in 1960, moved to London to work on a number of projects, including the Savoy hotel's Princess Ida Room. In 1963, I came to Hong Kong to create a series of murals for the Grill Room and main lobby of the Mandarin Oriental hotel. My most consistent home over the years has been Hong Kong. Henderson's day: There is absolutely no structure and no routine to my day. I live a simple life. About the only certain thing is that when the sun goes down, I get down on my knees in front of the canvas in my living room [a Mid-Levels apartment with panoramic views of Central and the city] and start painting if I am painting, because sometimes two months can pass and I don't do anything, but then I'm travelling, learning new things and meeting people, not based in my Hong Kong flat-cum-studio. I've lived in most major cities in the world and I've got homes around the world, like a small 120-year-old castle in Spain, which I visit when I feel like it. When I work, I listen to all kinds of music. I would never paint without it. But I don't think about how long I paint for or when I eat. Sometimes I paint for five straight hours until my body aches, sometimes less. It's good to work on an empty stomach because it heightens awareness. When I stop painting, I eat noodles. In the early hours, maybe at dawn, I go to sleep for as long as I want. Then I read a lot, write thoughts down. I might watch a wildlife documentary. I should be a social anthropologist because I also love to study people. People come to visit me a lot and I have two maids, so sometimes they cook and we have a party. Sometimes I go out for lunch. I don't have an agent so there are always things to deal with. Right now, I'm busy because of a major exhibition at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in June to mark the handover - a collection of my work spanning the history of Hong from the last century. My work is my life, my paintings which surround me are like my children and I love it. It's the highest blessing to work at something you love. Salary: If you want to be rich, then sell Louis Vuitton. Ambition: To heal people through my paintings. As they look at the many religious icons I paint, I want them to be healed. To paint the ultimate masterpiece, whatever that is. Name: Leung Yiu. Age: 65. Occupation: Owner of Wah Cheong Art Gallery And Picture Framer in Hollywood Road. Career path: My father owned this shop which has been in the family since 1902 and when I finished high school in Hong Kong, my future was decided for me. Most of what I know today he taught me. The Hong Kong Arts Centre used to come to him for advice on a painting's history and for many art-related matters. Now they come to me. When the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong was over, my father restored the Chief Secretary's damaged paintings. In those days, there were no sophisticated ways of telling a forgery and so my father taught me how to spot a fake painting. He taught me all about old Chinese artists, the various dynasties, how to recognise an artist's work and how to identify the school of painting. I also learned about framing from him. My brother and I took over the business when my father died, but my brother died some years ago, leaving me sole owner. Leung's day: I live on Lamma Island because I own two houses there. Every morning from Monday to Saturday, I catch the ferry after breakfast at home and open the shop at around 10 am. Every day takes on a steady, but comfortable pace. A big part of my day is dealing with customers who bring art to be framed. I like this part of my job because I feel that I am very experienced and talented at suggesting how a picture should be framed. Sometimes customers have an idea what they want, sometimes they ask me for suggestions. Choosing framing for an important picture usually takes quite a long time for them to decide on, but I am patient and usually people are very grateful to me when the work turns out well. I find this rewarding. I don't need to look for new artists - they find me. I try to help because most artists don't make a good living. Sometimes they just come for advice and my opinion of their work. I never conceal my knowledge and always try to help. I import frames from all over the world and have my own carpenters working for me, but sometimes I work with interior designers who wants custom-made frames. I don't socialise much with the art world, but for big gatherings once or twice a year, I make an effort. I don't feel bored because I always have something to do. I am also always learning about art. There was more work in the late '70s and '80s than now, but business is still okay. Salary: HK$45,000 and perhaps more on good months. Ambition: To keep the shop in the family. My children are all working in other jobs and I need to find a family member to take over from me one day.