1. Inspired by the work of Paul Henry, 1876-1958, Irish artist who specialised in painting the West of Ireland. The National Archives of Ireland has many historic public domain photos of Ireland one of which was the reference for the cottage.
"I don't really like the term 'magical realism'... you know, the spaces that exist within the painting really are to do with painting itself and what comes about by painting and where as a painter you feel you can leave it and where it's giving off, to me, what I want, whatever that is. And that goes for painting a face or painting a space that may represent sky -- it's not really a painting of sky or a painting of sea. I mean for instance in the Soca Boat painting it's sort of kind of fumey-type sea at the bottom [House of Music: Soca Boat]. When I painted that I never really intended to leave it like that, that would have just been part of it, something I'd have gone back in to work and probably like, just, [... unintelligible]. When the painting came to London there had been this passage of time. I realised that I was never going to be able to recreate that and that it actually had something I didn't realise at the time."