By giving as much care and attention to the painting of animals as I pay to my human subjects, the results are just as life-like and full of character. The same classical techniques are used: drawing, monochrome under-painting, layers of contrasting colours, final colours and glazes. I compose the images very carefully and organise tones and contrasts to maximum effect. Something which doesn't reproduce well in photos is the subtle difference in texture between background and subject. Where there are more layers of paint the surface is smoother and has a varnished look which helps the subjects to really stand out.