2018, Once a loved child, Tempera on panel, 600 x 780 mm
I met this dignified man by chance in central London and was transfixed by his pathos. He is surrounded by the gaiety of colours of modern consumerism but unaffected by it. His life centres around the companionship of his well-looked after dogs with all his possessions strapped on a pedal bicycle. The group are within the contemporary world (and indeed indicative of an often forgotten segment of society - the homeless), but separated from it. It is a study of the present yet a continuum with historical representations of humility and conjures up references to renaissance paintings such as that of St. Francis.