‘Palm 2′ 2012 oil on canvas 76 x 101 cms.
“The painting is of the Palm 2 grocers and off licence on Lower Clapton road. The evening I made the drawing of the location, was one of those all too rare, beautiful balmy English summer moments, which seem to be eternal. The City had been heated up all day, it was friday evening around 6 pm, people were beginning to switch off from work, collect their groceries from the fabulous palm 2 shop and wander about a bit with Ice creams. My ambition for these drawings of the High Street shops is to capture something of the interactive spaces that shop entrances create; while the street goes up and down in a straight line, the shops, like the Palm 2 especially allows for a different flow. There is the psychological threshold between inside and out, and the ownership of the shop space and special care that shop owners either display or lack, flavours each part of the High Street. One man came up to me while I was drawing and said that he liked the drawing, and that the Palm 2 and the newly opened Clapton Hart pub had made sense of living in the area for twenty years. High streets make places to call home in the way faceless out of town shopping malls can never do.”