These paintings capture a moment in the life of the individual who commissions them. They are about who they are right now, with all the history that implies. People often tell me that the process of choosing their favourite, or most defining possessions, is quite hard as it forces them to reflect on who they are and what they value.
There is an occasional nod to a possible future which I include in the form of the portrait. People who commission my paintings understand that I will put my own spin on where they could head and who they have the potential to become. That's a risk they're prepared to take.