Every year for eight years, my friend Viv and I went on lido hops across Britain in my camper van. These paintings are a product of those trips. We would go on long walks and visit every Lido, river, lake and waterfall we could find. I imagined long swimming lanes through the wooded landscapes, my perfect swim. I began to create swimming lanes in urban environments, down country lanes, on busy London streets, in parks etc. The small pieces are painted straight on to photographs that I took for this purpose.