I captured this just in time it seems, as the bulldozers moved in and reduced this row to rubble. This is Anlaby Road, Hull, that long, arterial road that starts at the station and juts out towards the leafier suburbs. It covers large swathes of semi-derelict Victorian buildings, and whilst it was always Beverley Road that I remember as a child (we lived in Beverley so it figures), Anlaby Road also has the weirdness of trees growing out of roofs, a phenomenon that fascinates me.I took the original photograph that inspired the work at night, when the road tingled with lurking violence and the mesmerizing chanting of football supporters. I then softened it, using a vivid palette of acrylic colours and a painstaking build up of texture. This is my fourth work in this series of large-scale Hull-themed paintings and I am hoping to add to it.