My paintings owe a lot to the Old Masters, adopting some time-honoured techniques which I use to my own ends. People are often my centre of focus, my paintings creating a narrative even around a single sitter, through my use of composition and setting. I apply a similar approach to objects that I choose to paint. There are echoes of classical portraiture in my work, although my play with classical techniques lend the works a more contemporaneous feel. My images are sometimes staged, sometimes taken from a moment observed that I choose to capture in oils on canvas. Through the act of painting, I hope the fragmentary moment acquires an attribute of permanent depiction, which speaks to my subject matter.