I never thought I would make anything like this; a defined project is not how I normally work. Usually I drift from one though/painting/feeling to another in a state of permanent day dream so the challenge to be disciplined has been quite different. However I have reached a pattern I am happy with which is to research around twice a week where I collect images, videos and read articles. I paint when I can, which has always been the case, turning my attention to the project for two days at least. I have to honour the desire to make other work or else I’ll get bogged down and feel unhappy which is damaging to my creativity, as I have found in the past.

It is fortunate that my enthusiasm for painting images of nature in turmoil still remains, possibly as it appeals to my melancholic sentiment but also to my love of nature. And paint.