The intention of this painting was never to be a clear cut portrait of a young man, yet over the course of making the work, I was able to get an invaluable insight in to the life of young artist, Tim Coad. Tim holds remarkable confidence in how he speaks about his own work, and the work of others, including mine.

This painting became very much a collaborative effort and I was able to see Tim come out from his normally shy, reserved persona. I hope that through working with Tim for the duration of the painting, over multiple sittings, the portrait suggests his softness and reserve through its pale hues and fluid forms yet striking confidence through composition and the boldness of the painted mark.