Like many others I live a life of quiet desperation and my studio is the refuge where I use painting to unravel life's confusion and hopefully figure out why some experiences distress, intrigue or amuse me. People both fascinate and perplex me. All my imagery therefore relates to either people I know or to humanity more generally. I would like to be able to claim that I paint in this ‘realist‘ way to communicate with more people but it is because I like life and it is, to me, the most lifelike. I don’t know how what I do relates to contemporary art and frankly I don’t care. Naturally it would be nice to know that other people find it “interesting”, but it isn’t why I do it - I simply paint to understand, not to be understood.