I identify with people like Diana who just want to be loved by everybody. If somebody doesn't like me I find that very upsetting.
No, it doesn't mean anything, does it? People occasionally ask for your autograph or say, 'I saw you in the paper', but that doesn't mean anything at all.
All those people who derided me did me a favour, because now I don't care what anyone says about me. I feel I am now able to be a really powerful painter, to take on the mantle of the US male expressionist.
The art world is really exactly the same as the sex industry: you have to be completely on guard, you will get shafted, fucked over left, right and centre. And you will also meet charming, wonderful people like a rainbow at the end of the day.
Perhaps the people I choose to paint are often objects of derision celebrity is a bit of a put-down term, isn't it? But to me they are my world.
I have always been drawn to the beauty and the tragedy of Diana's life which I hope I've captured in this new series of paintings. I wanted to show her
I had been painting Kate Moss for a long time, both before the time of her crisis and during it. I felt very strongly for her - she's a hard-working mum and it seemed as if suddenly the world turned against her. Holy water cannot help you now is painted in very warm pretty colours...
I felt like a social worker a lot of the time.
This is a dark painting with a bit of violence because I was very affected by Diana's death. I cried all day because I liked her, warts and all. Most of all I liked the way that she wanted to be loved and didn't mind admitting it.
I felt I didn't belong to either family.
I'm looking forward to being old, to be able to accept what I am and become self-sufficient. Mid-forties is a good age and it's not too far away.
I wanted my work to be seen for free in a public space, I want to be up there with Pollock and de Kooning, one of the big boys.
I always wanted her to say, I love you, I'll stand by you, you are very important to me, but she never did. She loved me inside, but I didn't feel it.
I like strong/vulnerable interesting women, and then sometimes I like painting beautiful men, like Kurt Cobain, or Mr Darcy.
I didn't think anyone really liked what I was doing and I literally have the bailiffs at my door.