Face of a boxer, Nottingham born super-middleweight champion Carl Froch was featured in Saturday’s Guardian. The article was accompanied by a close-up of the boxer’s face and I was drawn to paint it. Cropping a face as close as this gives the edge of the work interesting lines. His chin creates a lovely ‘U’ shape against the edges and his eyes go right to the fringes of the painting. There’s nothing else to look at, you have to connect with the message the face is telling you, and that can be a different message for each viewer.