I chose to paint William Gee Ltd as it stood directly opposite a previous painting I made of Arthur’s Cafe. The shop is in an area of London that has seen a huge amount of gentrification yet it is still standing. The shopfront takes you back to a different era, the haberdashery was established in 1906 and is the lead stockist of fabric trimmings and haberdashery products in the UK. I chose the long, low shadows to add a sense of depth and emotion. It always looks like the shop is closed from the outside and I wanted to capture that with the dark, moody palette.