Painting here is very different to painting at home. There are mechanical noises from nearby industrial workshops, the scratches and rustles of roof-dwelling pigeons, occasional drumming rain or windy whistles. The comings and goings in the yard below (where the landlords run a self-storage business) add interest but seem unreal and removed one floor up. It feels like an art cocoon.

A different quality of light. Calm white walls, uncluttered dimensions that seem to encourage contemplative, unhurried focus. And the collective sense of purpose, care, determination that emanates from the other artists' studios. Opening the door to the studio is like greeting a beloved friend.

 

 

'flesh and bone' acrylic on board 415 x 295mm 2008 - sold