My current work The North isn't what I intended to paint - but the subject chooses you.
They say that all paintings done with feeling are self portraits, so I shouldn't be surprised that after decades avoiding the place I'm back in the North and painting it.
Why? We are defined by our past I guess, and more than that need to make whatever sense we can of our future. I tell myself that I'm painting the North as a record of what I see there - and what I see is seen through the lens of nearly fifty years of inequality, disability and prejudice - not all of the latter on my side.