I’m halfway through my residency in Tuscany and filled with lots of new ideas and influences. Looking outside my window it is still early spring, the hills are faded green and muted browns, the buildings blending in with the natural palette of the hillside. At every turn you find ancient churches, hidden chapels, medieval villages so tiny that only access is by foot. I’m based in the hills of the Chinati region, surrounded by grape vines and olive trees and staying in a house built next to a church over a thousand years old. Chianti is sandwiched between Florence and Siena and the art of the Renaissance is everywhere. I’ve become obsessed with these miniature portraits and have been scouring antique markets for various frames and objects to use with my work. Making some new things that you can see below and saving time for fun experiments too!