Painting for me is simply a way to take possession of what I see. Sometimes I work from life, sometimes sketches or photos, often all three. I am a bad photographer so I paint to record and remember. I paint for entirely selfish reasons, because I enjoy it and because it enables me to see more clearly. If any of this gives anyone else comfort, pleasure or excitement, then that is a bonus. I hope that people will feel something when they look at my paintings, even if it is simply happy, amused, content or, on rare occasions, inspired, but I can’t tell you what to feel.