John Hall made many studies of still life subjects during his artistic career. After building his own studio in the 1970’s he was able, as with his paintings of flowers, to pursue this subject area in greater depth and with greater intensity as he then had much more control over the space and light, as well as the length of time that the subjects could be left undisturbed! He made a life-long study of the work of many other artists in this subject area and often referred to Chardin, who was perhaps his favourite. John had a love of the tactile and handling qualities of simple, domestic objects and always wished to discover how to render their different surfaces, textures and translucencies in paint.