Close to the studio moored on the bank of the Thames is MV Royal Iris a boat with an amazing history that has been abandoned to the elements slowly decaying and now beyond repair. You can read more of its illustrious history here
Iris has become the inspiration for a new series of work for whereby layers have been painted, layered then scraped, sanded and scratched off concealing and revealing the history that lies beneath.
All along the Thames there are piers in various stages of decay which have inspired this series of stacks, a relic of the industry that once thrived along the river.
The port holes on MV Royal Iris are square but many of the Thames barges have the more traditional circular port holes through which the view is split by the water, working next to the Thames Barrier you become increasingly aware of the cyclical differences in the tide. These small paintings on linen samples explore the relationship between the view through the port hole and the cycle of the moon.