When I began painting having trained in an academic style, conceptual art was barely a concept – at least for art critics. So my formative years were influenced by abstract expressionism, Dada and Surrealism; genres that still influence me today. I abstract images intuitively in order to create an overall coherent image that resonates with potential experience. But at times I find myself reverting to a simpler more straightforward, representational way of working, as in lockdown when I painted images of my family on large canvases – just from just phone images – in order to populate my walls with people who could not in reality come into my home. I wonder if this is a more authentic style for me now and the legacy of lockdown will continue through my work in this personal way.