Trina Hobson’s emotive paintings introduce a story to the viewer, drawing on invented and imagined contexts, places and connections for characters. The familiar and personally known are frequently merged with a store of characters from art history and literature, inviting the spectator into these sustained environments, almost like a voyeur. The paintings are about representation but also about the very act of painting itself. The drips and brushstrokes all serve as a reminder that this is a painting. The process of deconstructing and flattening the images moves them towards the abstracted and ambiguous, forcing the viewer to fill in the spaces with something personal to the presented or given story.