I am an artist living and working in Suffolk. My most recent body of works is a series of monochrome portraits of people connected with or from Sierra Leone. The first seven years of my life were spent in that country. The paintings include images of my family from the 1950s, an anthropologist who worked in Sierra Leone in the 1970s and 1980s, political figures and a pair of Mormons currently based in Freetown. The series acts as a narrative, each portrait being a fragment that connects with the others like the pieces of a puzzle to make a whole, informing us about memory, the passage of time and how individual histories intertwine. The paintings demonstrate how original experience is lost, supplanted by and remembered solely through the photographic images that remain afterwards. The work also confronts my conflicting feelings about colonialism and my family’s part in it.