In a previous life, I was a print designer and enjoyed the tactile nature of press sheets and creative directing photo shoots. When the 2008 financial crash happened, my career was decimated but I wasn’t as crushed as some would imagine; I’d actually been wanting to get out of that business. I began to paint portraits of the people around me, resurrecting a long-lost love of mine. I photographed them, listened to their stories, and chose an image to paint that represented them. Recently, I've been enjoying the photography part of my process. The March was the perfect opportunity to stop my creative process at the photo stage.