This painting is a portrait of my partner Patrick. I have painted him many times over our seven years together but this painting rings the truest. Patrick has an innate ability for deep concentration, when he is absorbed in something he enters an almost zen-like state, all his other senses are muted and it’s impossible to gain his attention. This image represents a sort of division between us. He is almost serene in his absorption but he is also separate from me. Prone to distraction myself, and always attuned to the needs and wants of others, I’m envious and admiring of Patrick’s singular focus and his ability to drown out the noise.