I am a practising painter living in Glasgow and a Glasgow School of Art graduate. My work recently featured in the Royal Scottish Academy and Paisley Art Institute annual exhibitions, winning awards on both occasions. I am influenced by Degas and Manet, enjoying the painterly qualities of oil paint. I’m always interested in the expressive material qualities of paint, texture and colour and trying to combine that with the individual character of the sitter. In this picture I was fascinated by the different colours of light and shade and how that lent a delicate almost otherworldliness to the sitter’s profile..