I was once asked if my portraits were 'melancholic'. I hope not in terms of being sad, however they are often quiet, absolutely considered and hopefully offer a moment without forced performance. I am fascinated by a greater connection often between strangers, even for a moment, and one that can last long after an event has passed. At the same time I'm hopeful through my portrait work I can introduce and allow strangers who, on viewing the results, may absorb a sense of intimacy or connection with the sitter. A simple look, a moment when the sitter's glance goes beyond me and acts as an introduction to others. It then becomes a moment and connection shared.