A lot of the time a painting evolves as I paint it. I always have a basic composition in mind but I let the brush come up with the shapes and I choose colour almost on the spot. Other times I see an image in my head and quickly sketch it out. I normally work in two stages, I first paint the entire canvas in base colours. After it has dried I paint a second layer, adding more and more detail. After I finish a painting, I leave it a day or so before looking at it again, this helps me pick up on areas that need changing. Ben was born in 1986 and grew up in Barnet north London.