I like to explore the personal dynamics revealed when painting a portrait, whether it's of an individual, family or a couple. I see my role as challenging and encouraging the viewer to create their own interpretation as to what has gone on or is happening in the painting, to build their own narrative as to what they assess the situation is and to guess what the outcome may be. Painted from life and photographs, I wanted to capture the evident tension between the pair. Is Dominique really right? Is Hugh contrite? Is she a fiery dominant character in real life? Is he passive and keen on a quiet life? Who turned their back on whom first?
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