The conversation naturally moved onto the painting that inspired the season.
“I remember the day I painted that scene. The water was almost a reflection of the sky. It was so calm. I wish I could recall what we’d done that day, but I know it was dusk when I picked up my paints. Dusk and dawn are such lovely times to paint. It’s peaceful and the crowds have left or are still tucked up in bed.
The light always keeps me on my toes in Cornwall. I’m always racing to capture the moment because everything can change in a heartbeat. Within half an hour a storm can arrive and my paintings are covered in blotchy raindrops. They’re some of my dad’s favourite paintings of mine though; it makes them an even more honest depiction. That’s the thing with the coastline, you just don’t quite know what to expect. It’s exciting.”
We ended talking about family.
“My family is special. We’re so close knit. I miss them terribly when I’m here in Florence. I’m incredibly fortunate to be here, but I miss them. When we’re back together though, it feels like we’ve not spent a moment apart.”