I had the pleasure of being invited to carry out a project at Banff Mountain Book and Film Festival in Alberta, Canada. It was a remarkable opportunity funded in part by the Fleck Fellowship from the Banff Centre of Arts and Creativity where the annual festival is hosted. I was given a wooden studio hut in the snowy forest in which I could work on my project, titled 'The Land that Shaped Us'. The premise of the idea was to explore how having adventures changes our relationship the landscape, from a spectator stood in awe to a participant with an intimate connection to it. I began my project with Sir Chris Bonington, who spoke of his Himalayan expeditions and his repeated attempts at Everest before summiting in 1985.
60 x 40 cm
Mixed; paint, biro, chalk, charcoal and gold leaf on wooden board