When I travel I collect, can’t help myself. Shells are prominent in the collections, but I have got to the point now where I find broken and misshapen ones are the most interesting. This drawing is based on some of these shells, but I have been very free in interpreting them, some are larger than life, others have gained twists and turns and extra texture. One thing I like is that they start to look like something else – maybe the inside of an ear or other internal organs, maybe a skull, but – strangely – still things from the natural world. These shells have a story to tell, they have had a tough life, tossed through the ocean and landing on a beach maybe far away from where they began. They are like messages in a bottle, if we can interpret the message they tell.
The drawing is approximately 45 x 30 cm, and is mainly various weights of graphite with elements of coloured pencil.