“WHEN IS NOW?” A human project

I started at the end of 2019. A new decade, and global events were feeling very precarious – how did we get to this point, and how would everything play out over the next 10 years?
What role do we, as individuals, play in all these things – past, present and future?

I am painting portraits and recording conversations with a wide range of sitters.
Who are they? How did they reach ‘now’? What do they see for the future?
These intimate conversations won’t be revealed in full until 2030,
but please explore all the fascinating people I have talked to below.

Drawing our present, our ‘now’, and watching it become our past.


July 2021-December 2021

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January 2021-June 2021

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August 2020-December 2020

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November 2019 (start) – July 2020

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About “WHEN IS NOW?”

Drawing someone is a very intimate and contemplative process, both for the sitter and for the artist. Quiet conversation during the drawing process can illuminate so much more about the sitter than just a drawing ever can.

As the project goes on, the portraits and conversations from the early stages will already be part of the past.

I want this to document, in the best sense of the word, the realities of individuals, their joys and their concerns, big and small. The documentation will evolve with time. I will endeavour to choose a wide range of sitters, some known to me, and some not, all with an interesting perspective on their “now”. Each person’s testimony will be forever tied to their painted portraits, to be fully shared as a body of work in 2030. Woven into the fabric of the project are little notes recording the events at that particular time, for context.

Later note – April 2020 – Coronavirus has now hit us. Who could have thought it! This makes the content of this project even more urgent and important. During this period of lockdown, portraits are being drawn via Zoom, and so the resulting paintings are grittier, and that is appropriate.

Please look back through the posts to see previous stories.

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