“I have always enjoyed time spent in the garden, out in the fresh air, strolling, looking, digging, sometimes just breathing. In 2020, the garden became more than a pleasure; it became a place of safety, of clarity, of calm...a true sanctuary. Though using plants and flowers as a subject for painting is not new to me, I have found in this time of isolation a renewal of my interest in them, and in the close observation of their components: the turn of a leaf as it dries; the transition in colour across a petal; the intricate folds in a cedar cone. Having the enforced time to slow down has been conducive to really looking, and looking again, as the seasons have progressed. I look not to copy, but to be inspired and calmed at the same time.”
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