In March 2007, I asked my cousin, Simon Stone, to paint a portrait of Renee. He was still living in Knysna and we spent some time at his studio, so that Renee could sit for him. I utilised my time photographing in the studio and really enjoyed the experience. Simon is a wonderful artist and I relished the opportunity to get close to his work and get some idea of what makes him tick. The portrait was a great success and hangs proudly in our sitting room, but the photographs that I took have never had any exposure, so I thought to give my readers some inkling of his work through my blog. You may gather, from the images of recovered fishing sinkers, that Simon spent a lot of his time diving and he also enjoyed painting his collection of sinkers. He had thousands of them!