Portrait of Zhou Huanqiong

Oil on panel study, 10 x 8 inches, 2004

Cici’s portrait was not commissioned; I painted it just because I wanted to. I have been a regular visitor in recent years to her restaurant in Colchester, and have enjoyed many hours of her generous hospitality.

She has become a much-valued friend. My little sketch is just a token gesture to show how much my family and I have enjoyed her companionship.