I paint narrative figurative paintings that, hopefully, tell a story; the viewer can make up his or her mind as to what is happening. In this work, I wanted to portray an affair. The man is getting dressed to leave and go back to his wife; the woman is stretching out her hand to delay him a little longer, knowing that once he has gone she will have to go back to her empty flat and await his next phone call. I deliberately kept the decor bland as it would be in a hastily booked hotel bedroom.
On the other hand, she could be looking as his slightly portly stomach and telling him he has to lose a little weight! Men who have affairs do not always look slim and macho....
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