Years ago the people who appeared in my work represented a family, real and imagined. Through them I searched for experiences – past, present and future – which are both widely shared and intensely personal. Today those sacred people are still in my paintings, but the intervening chain of events has meant that they are no longer recognisable in quite the same way – although the materials of oil and water which honoured them have not changed. Some paintings on this theme were inspired by my residency at Ifitry, Morocco. In them I juxtaposed drawings suggested by European Renaissance masters with local pigments and calligraphic marks.