However, the colour and texture of painted portraits inspired me to take a painterly approach to the visual aspects of the work.

My portraits offer a social commentary on families, relationships, identity and life in Britain, for ordinary people. In this respect, I found that they had more in common with the art of Gillian Wearing and the honestopen approach of Tracey Emin. To some degree they can be assessed on whether the viewer can relate to them easily.

The portraits are open to interpretation by the viewer, but I acknowledge my position as artist within the work. I realize that through my choices of edits and representations I will impose my own bias on the piece. The work will reveal something of my relationship with the subject and will be an expression of my cultural and political beliefs. I feel though that as the works are not narrative and the filming was not staged there will be aspects that can be interpreted freely by

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