The Shot Lock began as a series of work that explored aspects of the many forms of cultural and political imprisonment. Many of the images were inspired by the story of Long Kesh or the Maze Prison. This work plays with light and colour to capture the sense of history and memory and the transformation of the empty site. Importantly this body of work uses the idea of prison as a metaphor for difficulties in wider society. For example, compare the theme of isolated prisoners ingeniously overcoming physical barriers to maintain communication with the inability of society to overcome the unseen barriers that are generated by political and religious beliefs; these beliefs often prevent communication between communities and individuals. This series of paintings is an ever evolving body of work.