When you work on your own, you have no ‘water cooler’ moments. You have your own team of directors in your head. My wife works three days a week, so on a school day I’ll get our three kids to school. I’m up in the studio for half six – it’s when I’m at my most creative – and then the kids kick off at half seven so that’s full on. I get some painting done during the morning while the youngest is strapped to the sofa watching ‘Fireman Sam’.
It’s great when you find what I call ‘the sweet spot’, when you get more done in an hour than in a whole day of fiddling around. I work until midday, and then the afternoon can be a death spot for me, but if I’m on a roll I won’t stop. I guess you become a bit like Rain Man; always reflecting, considering, looking, absorbing.