This year I am exploring mark making and the impact of repetition and accuracy. It is these characteristics, repetition and accuracy (noting that perfection is not required), that allow me to render realistic artworks. For example, when I render fur I am careful to ensure that my marks are going in approximately the right direction, are the correct length, slightly curved and I think it looks better to render more clumps of fur instead of single strands. From this plethora of marks a realistic image emerges. It is the emergence of this image, just from marks, that feels like magic to me and inspires me to keep returning to my easel.