Working with gemstones for many years made me appreciate them more. The more I learned about gems the more exciting I found them, until I stopped thinking of them as combination of chemicals, but as one of the ways Earth expresses herself. Like a sophisticated message. Extreme pressure and temperature, over extreme period of time create cores of concentrated energy. These are purified by the fire, hardened by the pressure and once light is added to the equation they come alive. “Gemstones” collection of paintings captures the way I imagine this creation came about. In the paint application techniques, I aimed to emulate the way nature created them: with bold strokes, creating harmony of light and colour, within the chaos of formlessness.