I’m always out and about making lots of small drawings; capturing incidents and events. Back in the painting room, as I make paintings from them, a story emerges – like writing, really. A title completes the picture. I am very at home collecting my images from Suffolk’s harbours and allotments, but do like to be excited by smartness ... Bond Street shops, Parisian cafés. Drawing gives me a good reason to loiter in these places, taking in the atmosphere, noticing what’s going on. I call it my ‘doing my research’. This, balanced with quiet hours painting with the dog and the radio, makes for perfect days.