I originally painted with markers on plastic, using a spirit to mix the colors. It had a lovely translucency and smoothness, but the spirit was pretty potent and when I was expecting Wade, my eldest, I decided it might not be the healthiest idea, so I developed a technique as close to my old style as possible, using soft pastels and sponges to mix the colors. I recently discovered an amazing cotton paper, from a Somerset based paper-mill. It’s a perfect surface to work on, allows great depth and strength of color. I’ve more or less done away the colored pencils for now.