My painting practice employs strategies of appropriation to explore absence and loss. This exploration begins by de-populating existing historical paintings using digital software. My objective is to articulate a sense of emptiness, absence, and a sense of the uncanny in these once-populated, now-emptied interior spaces. By appropriating well-known paintings from the past and removing figures from the composition it suggests that time has moved on in these images. This absence signals a moment that exists either before or after the ‘original event’; a haunted space that the viewer encounters both intellectually and emotionally.