Currently I am exceedingly busy – I am working on several commissions, including my biggest to date, featuring the interwoven stories of a crowd at a party. I am juggling this with personal
paintings, mostly of people I have met during my most recent trips and, most pressingly for me, a new, art-based charity venture I will be starting this year, Unearthing Art. My partner and I
will be undertaking a lengthy, self-funded trip across ten African countries, to actively seek out talented and exciting artists. It is so difficult to get started in a career in art anywhere in
the world, but all the more so in developing countries. We want to help them create an online presence, through portfolio websites and social media before eventually shortlisting six (with the
help of a judging panel) whose work we want to exhibit in a London gallery, with the artists themselves in attendance. We will be fundraising later in the year to cover the exhibition’s and
artist’s expenses, but this is not so much about just giving aid as it is about encouraging trade. The journey will be well documented through a dedicated website, featuring the journey, their
artwork, my paintings from the trip, photography and a blog documenting our thoughts.