Really what interests me when I have a person sitting for me is their persona.
This interest in visual un-peeling is a human desire in me to understand who I have in front of me and how best to portray them.
Which layer or layers that finally gets portrayed in paint or pastel is dependent on both sitter and me artist: do they want surface looks or something deeper portrayed?
The context in which they sit on the canvas, their position on the canvas, the colours I use are up for interpretation and manipulation. Will they look directly at me as I paint them or out of the canvas, transporting themselves somewhere, sometime else?
They have to be comfortable with this essential observation on my part, and the gestural way in which I work; my style.