For me, painting is an accumulation of impulses – often layered over time. The end result is only arrived at after a period of distillation. At first I work with a lot of energy in response to an idea or situation, which seems to produce chaos. Then there is a phase when I want to rationalise this result, so the process takes over. Then the painting tells me what to do. I am not satisfied until I don’t recognise the original idea or authorship directly. I want to discover something ‘other’ in every piece – something that tells me more than I set out to explore. That’s why I paint.