The addition of the body to the face in figurative work is to add another dimension to the drawing and painting of the human form. While portraiture tells the story with the head and face, with figurative work there is the addition of the torso and limbs. For Mareth, this speaks of movement, of depth of plane and further elements of detail with which to express the human condition. The human hand can be both dramatic and telling as it brings fullness to the human narrative. Add that to the portrait and a distinctive story emerges. Joy and despair, contentment and wonder, good times and bad can be expressed through the human figure. Mareth uses black and white photographs as reference for drawing and painting the figure.