"My still lifes frequently feature objects with personal or autobiographical meaning: things I collect, memories, moments. They are a contemporary take on the idea of still life, quiet meditations on the transience of time and celebrating the wonderful in the ordinary. I paint stories, life in a subtle dream disguised, which then astonishes. When painting, a moment of strange beauty appears on the surface after careful observation and meditation. A fleeting instant transformed, by colour and tone, into an intriguing image. Each of my paintings tells a story, but I prefer it to be a story that is not fully explained. I like the idea that the viewer can complete the story. As I paint I do a lot of putting in and taking out, so the narrative is constantly changing, which keeps me intrigued. I like that sense of mystery about a painting."