Despite the fact of having lived and worked in Brighton for the last 20 years, bulls and bullfighting are connected to my experience of growing up in my home country, Spain. Although I do not agree with this practice, which some regard as a bloody sport, when by others it is highly regarded as an art form. However I do not aim for controversy. I am attracted to it as a subject in my paintings because on some level it reflects the discrepancies and dualities of humanity, the instinct of survival, the grace and strength of the animal, the power struggle and battle between man and beast and their sublime antagonism. Within my work I aim to achieve a quality that would move and transfix the viewer into another world, a world where one lingers in a common experience, a secret knowledge, something arcane and primitive, yet is at the same time, present and real. On the one hand, the bull as symbol goes beyond the conventional clichÃ©, turning into an archetype, with primitive associations, whereas on the other hand, the bullfight is a metaphor where the issues of life and death are constantly played out.