“Every painting I do is related to the last one. It may be a continuation of the last one or a reaction to it. When I grow tired of harmony I long for discord. Colour and surface texture are very important elements in my painting.” Charles MacQueen doesn’t just seek to present us with an image, he seeks to present us with an experience. Influenced by the American philosopher John Dewey, he believes that paintings are like mirrors; not only do they help us to appreciate pattern, shape, form, line and colour they also help us to see ourselves. For Charles the role of the artist is to create these ‘magic mirrors’ with his trips to Morocco and Tunisia providing the high contrast visual references around which the work is formed.