When the British painter Danny Fox first came to Los Angeles in 2015, he planned to stay just a few months. But he was taken with the city, and found a studio downtown near Skid Row that was more spacious than his London digs. That environment, at once gritty and sun-lit, found its way into his paintings, but Fox always has England on his mind. More specifically, he thinks of Cornwall, the coastal region where he was born, whose history mingles with his own in six new paintings that will be on view in Adder Among Choughs, opening 24 October at Sotheby’s S|2 gallery in Los Angeles. An adder is a small, solitary reptile and a chough is a common bird from Cornwall. In these canvases Fox reflects on the development of his practice as he further establishes himself in his Angeleno surroundings, thousands of miles from his beginnings. The works examine the oscillation between those states as well as between progress and decline, triumph and regret. Click ahead for more about the paintings in Fox’s own words.