I was asked to paint an image of Merton college, Oxford as a commission for a friend. This alley view is looking down a route from the quad to the lodge. This view appealed to me because it is semi-private but still recognisable to someone who has spent time there. A passing place rather than a destination with a unique juxtaposition of chapel roof, turret, bridge and the meeting or crossing point of many buildings. Artistically, I like this scene for its layering, perspective and shadows. Hopefully the composition draws the viewer in to wonder what is just around the corner.