Marnay sur Seine, France
La Maison Verte is a two story green home in the tiny French village of Marnay sur Seine, a one hour train ride south of Paris. The stone built homes boasted 300 residents in the winter and 150 during the summer. The prized possession of this quaint provincial town is the Botanical Gardens, Jardin Botanique. The art residency, Les Pays, which I was participating in during the summer of 2015, was created by the gardens as a means to bring fresh vision to the gardens and tourists to the town. A requirement of the residency is to create artwork influenced in some form by the gardens. My main body of work during the one month residency was landscape works reflecting the daily bicycle journeys I took throughout the countryside. A portion of my work was created to speak of the relationship between the cacti plants of the gardens and the pain of human conflict.