January 2021 - July 2021

Drawing someone is a very intimate and contemplative process, both for the sitter and for the artist. Quiet conversation during the drawing process can illuminate so much more about the sitter than just a drawing ever can.  As the project goes on, the portraits and conversations from the early stages will already be part of the past.  How will the realities of the future present have changed? I will endeavour to choose a wide range of people, some known to me, and some not. I want this to document, in the best sense of the word, the realities of individuals, their joys and their concerns, big and small.  The documentation will evolve with time.  Each person’s testimonies will be forever tied to their painted portraits, to be fully shared as a body of work in 2030.  Woven into the fabric of the project are little notes recording the events at that particular time, for context. Later note - April 2020 - Coronavirus has now hit us.  Who could have thought it.  This will make the content o

July 2020 - Dec 2020

  "V.B."   28 December 2020.  Sometimes we lose sight of the fact that some people are dealing with things other than pandemics. V.B. lives in Belarus, and she talks candidly and with gentle humour about the challenges of normal life under a leader who won't accept the will of the people in a democratic election. Peaceful protests are met with arrests, beatings, and far worse. A humbling conversation.                                                                    "V.B."  28/12/20                  30/12/20  New Year's Eve. Oxford/Astra Zeneka vaccine approved.  Government has bought doses for 50m people.  Huge further tracts of UK moving into tier 4.  Secondary school term start to be delayed - 18th Jan. House of Commons votes to accept Brexit EU Free Trade Deal. 28/12/20 Highest daily record of Covid cases - 41,385.   24/12/20  Christmas Eve, and a Brexit deal is struck.  What does it mean? Over 6,000 trucks stuck in Kent! 22/12/20  900 lorries stuck on