I had the fortune to do some snorkelling in the Barrier Reef, a more gentle way of viewing the array of colourful fish and extra-ordinary marine life. I must hastened to add that I am afraid of the sea since I nearly lost my life by plunging my body straight into it whilst a young child. A massive wave engulfed me and I was sucked deeper down the depths without warning. My mind went blank and was not aware of what was happening- must have lost consciousness. However, I was saved and from then on always avoided going to the beach. I still have the jitters when I go to the sea shore, thankfully I have come to terms with the phobia. Visits to the biggest aquariums in the world such as in Singapore and Okinawa, Japan, is a superb alternative of observing the magnificent marine life at a safe distance. You get to see species that you would never had encountered, unless you go deep sea diving in the red sea.Even the smaller tanks presented in Paris, where I live, is a continual source of inspiration. The under water theme has really stretched my imagination. The variety of forms and textures are amazing, the opalescent corals and fascinating fish called for experimentation with other art materials which have the same quality of iridescence and holographic properties. This collection of embroideries on water colour is the result of these experiments. The use of gold and silver leaf, interference paints, crystal fibres and transfer foils add an element of surprise.The dimensions change and enlightenment prevails. I hope you enjoy the collection started in 2016 and is ongoing.