I paint invented portraits. I generally start with several photographs, which I blend into a single figure. I distress the photos so that only a vague amount of information is available – shape, light, shadow. At a certain point I get rid of the photographic reference and I continue working until a new character is revealed – someone who appeals to me and who relates to my state of mind at the time. I often paint children because I find them to be guileless, innocent. I’m most satisfied when a painting conveys movement, a sense of time and story.