"I love the use of colour in Van Gogh's work. I love the way Freud exaggerates a persons facial character through the use of thick and expressive brush movement. Both these artists inspire me to create portraits composed of uninhibited and vibrant colour by the use of the ever constant movement of the brush. Historically speaking portraits have always been a great part of art history. They provide a window into the past providing a story for the viewer while freezing time itself. To me the history of Portraits has become societies' landscape. They provide me with a challenge to capture the essence of my subject with the artistry of paint."