The winter in London has been unusually cold and Andrew’s studio has been very difficult to keep warm. This is in part because of the twelve-foot ceiling and in part because of the large north-facing window. Nonetheless Andrew has managed to work for long periods by using the time-honoured English method of making tea, lots of mugs of tea, which are more often held in his hands until the tea gets cold, rather than sipped while hot.
In spite of the Arctic climate he has now completed the first of the portraits of his four grandchildren: Madeleine. The remaining portraits, of his grandson Joshua, his grand daughters Jessica and Emily, will have to wait until a large new commission is finished.