MANGROVES FROM THE WATER
Painting from a kayak in ‘Mangroves from the Water’ is an opportunity to express the delicate balance between nature and human progress. Mangroves provide great rejuvenating energy as they are nurseries of many hidden lives: fishlings, birds, turtles, colourful crabs and more. Yet just over the fringe of the tree cover is the bustle of the encroaching urban life. I have found the mangroves a source of power, beauty, energy and simplicity.
The production process has required many kayaking trips to the mangroves. I have used water colours and different types of paper. I play with the form, lines, colour and textures to create the effects of natural energy, playfulness, softness and depth. Emotions have also played an important role in the production of this series; the process of painting is itself a kind of meditation.