I was commissioned to paint the three children of an engineering professor at the University of Cambridge. The children were and are all talented musicians. Since music runs through a lot of my work I chose to paint them as a trio. The family have Australian roots so I introduced a small part of an Aboriginal painting in the top right corner of the canvas. Although their music is mostly classical I felt that the introduction of a modernist moment was needed. Hence an imagined transparency through the cello and the lower legs and seat of the cellist. The positioning of the violin and cello bows and the direction of the pianist’s gaze brings the three figures together.