Some of the work shown here are oil sketches and/or mixed media paintings usually created on board. They are preliminary studies to the larger oil on canvas portraits or paintings, (also shown here). These studies, often created within minutes, have an energy that feels quite different from the finished piece that they attribute to. This is a very necessary part of the process as it not only familiarises me with the physical appearance of the subject, but captures the essence of character. It also allows me to work out what it is I am looking for and what exactly I wish to portray.