For y-e-a-r-s now I've been dreaming of applying to an artist residency abroad and making art in a completely different country. So I applied - and my proposal to explore, then paint the caves of the Lot region, as my subject matter was accepted!
Experiencing the Sea of Cortez above and below the waterline has brought the fire back to my painting practice. Waking up every day and bathing in the beauty of each pink and coral coloured sunrise while staring at the incredible geology of the rugged coast of the Baja peninsula glowing in the growing light was a blessing and it spurred the creation of so many new paintings!
Sharing a bit of my process in making my diving experiences more tangible. I've taken much inspiration from almost all my dives and if I don't have a photo or video from the dive, my memories and impressions from those dives are also part of my process in making art.
Google the best shore diving in the world and it's a given that Bonaire will be in the top five of all those lists and for good reason - the reef that surrounds the entire island is one of the healthiest unbroken strips of coral reef I've ever seen and when I got home, I had plenty of inspiration for more paintings!