Although black, these oil paintings shimmer with refracted light in order to create their 'colour'. In a wholly perverse manner they insist on the presence of light in order to be read. In ambient, or natural daylight, their ‘mood’ fluctuates. With trained spotlights, a variety of dramatic coloured refractions are possible.
Notions of the Baroque underpin these works with particular reference to the light--dark allegories that abound in literature eg. Milton's 'Paradise Lost' and also the tenebrist/chiaroscuro artists - for example Caravaggio and Zurburan. They also draw on the music of the period in particular librettos from operas by Handel, Rameau and Purcell.