I've called this painting 'The Show' because this is what Venice seems to be all about - what you can see on the surface. But it's a much more complex thing, with secrets hidden in layer upon layer.
You see, instead of painting typical Venice views, I've focused on creating multilayered pieces from observation, imagination and memory. I've tried to use not just what I've seen of Venice, but what I've read, heard, felt, touched and found.
In this piece in particular, if you look hard enough, you will find quotes from Venetian characters from Shakespeare's plays, as well extracts from Vivaldi's life, his writing and his music, and allusions to significant people, places and events.
This, to me, is what the richness of memory is all about - it's not a single, fragile layer - it's a deep, intensely-coloured, multifaceted thing. Something precious.