In essence I have been painting people who I knew lived in the area in order to fast track friendship. When you spend a solid four hour session sat facing someone you more often than not bypass civilities and small talk. The process is as intimate as a hair cut, as intense as a therapy session but silences can be shared with the same companionship as a long car journey. It is one of my favourite ways of getting to know someone.
In the Deptford Portrait series I made a very conscious effort to adapt process and style to the individual. MC Spee is rough, lanky and loud. Conversation was made up of highly entertaining fractured tales of various music scenes, night lives and relationships. For his portrait it made sense to load paint onto chip board with a old hog hair brush. Compare this with Frances who is immaculate, composed and breviloquent. I watched a video of Peter Blake painting in oil paint with what looked like watercolour brushes to achieve a smooth clean, crisp, surface. This is how I decided to paint Frances to reflect her character.