Earth gives birth to the gemstones in extreme conditions. Extreme pressure and temperature, over extreme period of time create cores of concentrated energy. These are purified by fire, hardened by pressure and once light is added to the equation, they come alive. The “Gemstones” collection of paintings captures the way I imagine this creation to come about. In the paint application techniques, I aimed to emulate the effortless way nature created them: with bold strokes, creating harmony of light and colour, within the chaos of formlessness.