How did the natural surroundings and lush colors of Mexico influence your work?
Most of the buildings in big cities tend to have sober colors. Here, homeowners could freely express their creativity and choose a wide range of colors that illuminated the streets. I loved the combination of vivid colors on the homes and gardens contrasted with the dusty streets and bright blue sky. As a result of this influence, I decided use color for my first wall instead of just black and white.
Some artists come to a residency with a particular creative game plan. Others just arrive open to whatever inspires them at the moment. How did you approach your residency and how did your studio time compare to what you anticipated?
Although I had a desire to paint a wall, I was open to whatever possibilities emerged. Luckily I already had permission to paint the wall of one of the residency houses before I arrived Mexico. In the end I painted outside most of the time, but I also spent time in my studio sketching, doing yoga, and writing in my diary at night.
What else can you share about your residency experience? Were there any surprises?
Although Mexico is a developing country, I never had a bad experience in Chapala. People are very kind and educated. I had such a rich time and am so grateful to have experienced life in Mexico.