‘Black Magic Woman’ – pastel on paper – 56 x 42.5cm / 22 x 16.5in.

I love painting nudes as they are a great exercise for an artist. The human body is a continuous flow of movement both inside and outside. The mental space the model is in plays a huge part in the feeling of the pose, therefore a great joy and challenge to paint as the mood can shift in a split second.

However, why always paint such a fascinating subject in boring colours? Green like she has risen from the forest floor and red reflecting a fiery sunset. Much better.