I began this new series of paintings just after Christmas – and the first three are in various stages of completion as shown here. Although they are genuinely abstract as often they do have figurative antecedents…albeit on this occasion from something that we can only ever see at secondhand – viruses through the electron microscope. I have taken liberties with both the form and the colour. The former through subjection to digital manipulation, the latter to alter what was in the first instance subjective coloration from the chosen dyes. I have started out with three large circular canvases, 120 cm. in diameter although I intend to vary both the sizes and the shape – the tondo is a strong form that mimics the idea of the petri dish or the micro lens but I am also experimenting with placing the circular motif within a traditional square.