The artist's predatory gaze, the menacing background elements, the violence of simplistic colours, the huge format size and the scribbly speed of execution all add up to a kind of menacing of the model. At the time (Elizabeta, chalk pastel on canvas (I know, I know, I must be mad) 100 x 120, 2007) I was really questioning what we were doing all standing around our easels with a naked person in front of us. At the Academy I never questioned the innocence of the practice. But last year the complex questions circulating in my mind resolved themselves into a kind of violence for a while. Artist as hawk. Model as prey. Strange.