My first experience of India was an amazing trip where I lingered only in the north. . .
India made an indelible impression upon me. The colours, smells and heat were all overwhelming, inescapable. The extremes of beauty and decay were a constant reminder of the cycle of life. Here the brahmas are in harmony in the centre of chaos. Whether they sit in the middle of hell traffic in Delhi, or bathe in the holy river of the Ganges, they remain serene and contemplative. In Dharamsala, I discovered a paint medium used by the local artists of Buddhist Thangka painting. The brilliant pigments reflect the sensations and intensity of India, much like the magnificent hues of saries under a intense sun.
I started a series of Holy Cows - here my colour palette changed and references of pattern from architecture and beautiful Indian silks were incorporated into these compositions.
Many years later I was invited to be "artist in residence" at Aashyana Lakhanpal, a beautiful and intimate resort in Candolim Goa. We were collected right after landing, a VERY comforting aspect after hours of flights and airports - the narrow roads eventually leading to the magical calm of Aashyana Lakhanpal. There is a certain kind of mist and hazy beauty to this area, with the quiet hush of the not so distant waves.It’s a place to stretch the creative spirit and I am absolutely thrilled to return there.