'conversation piece' was a favourite art form of the eighteenth
century. I'm particularly fond of it. Of course the originals
- the Gainsboroughs and the Reynolds - were usually highly
formalised and idealised. We don't stand on ceremony so much
these days and I've adapted the form to suit the modern, informal
family at leisure. I'm particularly fascinated by the potential
of these group portraits to depict, not just likenesses but
also emotional interconnections."