"Around the year 2004, my wife and I took a holiday in the South of France and visited a beautiful town called Uzès. My senses were awoken! I was mesmerized by the light, colour and texture of the place. Bright awnings and parasols amongst weathered stone buildings, with shuttered facades and crumbling masonry. And ‘les publicités anciennes’ – huge, faded adverts from bygone days that used to be hand painted onto the sides of buildings. Maybe this is where my attraction to having text within a painting began."