A set of sketches initially created for a commission. It is interesting to note how preliminary work can inform, or inhibit, a final painting. Some artists never work up a painting from an initial sketch. Sketching, for them, is a way of looking and learning which itself will find its own way into any completed work. Generally, I don't like the idea of working something up from an existing drawing. Preliminary ideas must be re-interpreted in the process of creating the 'final' piece. It follows the line that every image must find its own sense of vitality.