In 2016 I was fortunate to visit the Joshua Tree National Park in California after an unusual bout of heavy rain. I have never seen such a variety of greens; in this piece I am exploring all the variations of this versatile colour.

The original carved shape or model from which these vases are cast are similar to the Cone vases in that they are made to look like a twisted piece of paper. The shape is then flattened to give a more dramatic twist. This gives me an ideal canvas for my plant studies, where I can use layers of colour washes and resist, with the black outlines added at the end.

I have no particular theme to the choices of my imagery except to say that if a “weed is a plant in the wrong place” my vases are a home to them.

48cm tall and 20 cm wide at the base.