"I've been a fan of the John Moores Painting Prize since I first visited in 1999 as part of a university field trip. It was my first exposure to a large group of exciting brand new paintings and I immediately knew where I wanted my work to be. It took another nine years to get into the show and being included had a very tangible effect on my career, bridging the gap from student to practicing artist and resulting effectively from my profile going from national to international. I'm not exaggerating at all when I say that being accepted a second time in 2012 and moreover as a prizewinner, is the highlight of my career so far. The John Moores Painting Prize continues to be the most vital exhibition about Painting in the world, bar none."