This latest series of work, tentatively called "Ghosts of a Good Time", and is inspired by two linked ideas: 

Physically-present social interaction protects our personal and communal sense of well-being and belonging.

Socially fluid spaces like bars, cafes and restaurants help us experience and enjoy real-time, real-space with others.

Some pictures are "wide-shots" that try to capture a sense of space, atmosphere or social composition.  Others are "close-ups" from scenes about to start, in the midst of the action or only just over. The title of each painting is a line of dialogue I've concocted: something I think could easily be said within the world of the picture and one that might also resonate with a viewer's own experiences.

"Physiological immunity, enhanced learning, and the restorative power of mutual trust derive from face-to-face contact" - Susan Pinker, developmental psychologist

"Human relationships are rich, messy and demanding.  When we clean them up with technology, we move from conversation to the efficiencies of mere connection" - Sherry Turkle, Professor of Social Studies of Science & Technology, MIT

"You and I will be around a lot longer than Twitter, and nothing substitutes face to face." - Rob Delaney, comedian & writer

"People use restaurants as public spaces to do private things" - Ruth Rogers, restaurateur