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What inspires you creatively?
It’s no surprise that the environment around me inspires: the changing colors of the pastures – gold to brown to green – the soft blue of distant treelines and hills, the way sunlight and shadow change the hues of green on leaves. Colors and shapes are what get my mind moving creatively – how shapes fit together within an imagined space; how colors sit next to each other. Often I’m inspired by flowers and leaves.
The answer to that is a bit of a moving target. I’ve been lucky to have lived in all kinds of different environments and have found something to love about each. There isn’t one kind of place that calls to me more strongly than others. The simplest answer is that the most appealing places to me are the ones where I’m surrounded by open space, the sounds of nature, animals and fresh air.
I’m in the middle of Finding Everett Ruess, by David Roberts. It’s a classic adventure story complete with intrigue and mystery – and the best part is, it really happened. Everett was an aspiring artist (his block prints are really quite good:everettruess.net/prints.html) and writer – an impulsive teenager who spent years combing the wild, empty spaces of northern California, New Mexico and Arizona. But he was most drawn to the desolate “no man’s land” of mesas, cliffs and canyons of southern Utah. He logged some amazing trips and experiences before his disappearance in 1934 at the age of 20. His two burros were found and two inscriptions carved into stone saying simply: Nemo, 1934 (You have to read the book to find out why searchers believed “Nemo” was Everett.) The cult of Everett Ruess is alive and well today.
I have a very restless appetite which means that I’m continually looking for interesting recipes. I rarely duplicate unless it’s a very, very good recipe. The one firm constant is bread baking. There is something particularly satisfying about making bread which I don’t get from making a dessert or main dish.
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