A new year brings new adventures and after a wonderful Christmas back in Dorset, I was lucky enough to travel to Lanzarote for a few days of sunshine and relaxation.
Before arriving in Lanzarote I knew little about the island, but once there I was bawled over by its dramatic landscapes which have been created by several volcanic eruptions. The colours of the landscape and its extravagant rock formations were incredibly beautiful and I found the island to have an incredibly peaceful feel which was just what I had hoped. It was fantastic to be able to get back in touch with nature and to have the time and space to think about what I would like to achieve in my artistic practice in 2016.
During my time on the island I also discovered the work of César Manrique who was born in Lanzarote in 1919 and was an artist, activist and environmentalist. His artworks and centres of art and culture can be seen all over the island and most fuse the island’s amazing volcanic landscape with his own creative aesthetic. His guiding principle, above all else, was to work in harmony with nature and from a young age he was totally consumed by the unique beauty of Lanzarote and wanted to share this with others. Seeing Manrique’s vision and the positive influence he has had on the island and how much joy his diverse projects bring to so many people was most inspiring and was a brilliant way to start the year.