In this illustrated talk Academician David Cobley will address his own search for meaning, and what part painting has played in that search. Cobley is an award-winning portrait and figure painter based in Bath, England. His portrait commissions include HRH The Princess Royal Princess Anne, and his portraits of Ken Dodd OBE and Nobel Laureate Sir Martin Evans form part of the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery. He has exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and held solo exhibitions at Beaux Arts and the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath, as well as at Messums in London. David’s paintings hang in many public and private collections throughout the world. This talk provides a rare insight into the artists practice as he asks the question; ‘What is it I am trying to do with my work?