Certain encounters stay with us, or we retain them and integrate them into our approach to things. We create a narrative that links them to one another. As an Artist I find myself returning to these moments as touchstones for how I evolve ideas. A two month travel scholarship to Japan in 1991 provided many such moments, responding to the spaces, rituals and customs encountered. Without overtly referencing Japan I feel that aspects of this experience are instilled in my approach to most things, spanning work through to cooking, eating and gardening. It is in the awareness of nature, passing time and the seasons, coupled with an acute feel for a wide array of natural and manmade materials.