Alfredo surprised me a few weeks ago when he told me he was going to do a big classical painting of a sailing ship. I asked “why a sailing ship?” and he said “I’ve always had a romantic love for sailing ships because of their connection to the age of exploration, world geography and the beginnings of the colonization of the Americas. The clipper ships were the very greatest of sailing ships so I’ve decided to try my hand at creating an oil painting that could conjure these ideas and feelings. The freedom and danger of traveling round the world in this way must be something wonderful. Charles Darwin got to live that life for years of discovery. He’s one of my historical heroes and when I think of sailing I think of him on his way to the Galapagos Islands”.