The quartz cities began when a family member gifted me with a nice little hardbound sketchbook. Not knowing what to do with it, I added it to my queue of unused books. One day, I was inspired by the work of Manabu Ikeda, an artist who makes such huge paintings that it takes him years to complete one.
I don't have the space to store and work on a huge painting, but I did have an empty sketchbook calling for me. I decided to fill that sketchbook with one painting, one large interconnected painting that would feature different cities on each spread.
Now I take it with me to places that feature a lot of downtime and waiting around. Every week, I work in this sketchbook, adding more and more cities embedded in quartz, tall towers emerging forth as crystal shards. The buildings on each page are modeled after real ones. I favour the heritage type!
This sketchbook is still in progress, and has led me to create standalone versions on canvas and wood, which are currently available for sale.