I have this thing with nature. This deep-rooted connection, it’s my go-to place to find calm and perspective, to just be, to get inspired, to trust life in all its crazy forms.

No better place than to go on a residency in a nature park in Spain at the stunning Arteventura, where ecological living is at the heart of everything. And so I immersed myself in the natural world and started sketching the local trees with inks.

I started a new series of works on paper. The joy of playing and searching and making and unearthing new ideas through the process is for me often a good starting point for a new body of work, a way of introducing new elements into the work, of keeping things fresh. This is all still experimental. ​​​​​​​

Among other things, I took inspiration from the wonderful and wacky native holm trees in the Natural Park Sierra de Aracena.​​​​​​​​ What also struck me were the rather worrying stories of lack of water and the threat this forms to the future of this nature park. ​​​​​​​​It inspired me to use the element of water more directly in how I make the work. So I ended up drawing while my paper was floating in a bath of ink for the initial layers of the work. Then some touch-ups afterwards as you can see.​​​​​​​​

It’s all a work in progress and I can’t wait to see where this will eventually lead to, how my ideas will click together. Sometimes making art feels like a treasure hunt and I love that part of not quite knowing and the excitement of what I will find within the work and within myself…

I have succeeded in getting the diesel engine going and made some progress on a new body of work I have been thinking about for the last while.

How could you not be inspired in a studio this enormous, this bright and spacious?

A huge thank you to Create Louth for generously supporting my residency with an Arts Act Grant.