This is Diamond Lucy.
She was part of an exhibition I had at London's Notting Hill Arts Club, which was quite a while ago now!
The director of the club wanted me to create very hard and dark images, which was an interesting exercise. In fact, he felt I could have gone more extreme than I did.
I am aware that 'softer' paintings can be easier to find homes for, yet when you create from your heart, that's not always what comes out.
So you walk a line between what feels 'authentic' and what you think people would like from you.
'Always, always be authentic,' advises my crazy – and successful – friend Mark. 'And you will find your people.'