How did you get involved with the Teenage Cancer Trust?
"I knew about their shows at the Royal Albert Hall, but Nathalie (Dufresne-Smith, wife of Iron Maiden’s Adrian Smith), who co-owns the Karma Sanctum Hotel, where I’ll be doing the live painting, told me about it. We were trying to find something good to do and find a charity, so when she told me about it, I was up for it. And then I started learning more about the organisation and it truly touched me."
Like you said, you’ll be painting ‘live’ during the three day exhibit – will an audience have an effect on what you do?
"Definitely! It will be very different to what I do usually because I usually paint alone in silence because I get into that kind of zone, that meditative space, and it’s a very spiritual practice and it’s very lonely. So inviting people into that intimate space will change it, but I’ll try to stay as true as possible. But I also want to show people how I work, because I think that’s interesting – you see musicians play onstage, but it’s not often that you see a painter painting. And I’m excited, because I’m also going to make myself open to answering questions that people might have. I’ve done live painting before, but there was usually a DJ playing so nobody was really talking to me. But for this I’m open to whatever. It’s a new adventure in that context, so if some people want to ask questions, I’ll be more than happy to answer them. And if they just want to watch, that’s great, too."