"On my arrival, travelling back from Vélez Rubio a huge wild boar ran in front of Simon’s Land Rover head lights and disappeared into the darkness -very exciting, this was my first Wild Boar encounter.
The fact that this is the 5th time that I have returned, is testimony to what Joya: AiR means to me. There is a peace and calm that the surrounding alpine desert brings after the hustle and bustle of London.
I accept that it takes a day or 2 to acclimatise to the serene surroundings, which is part of the process and concentrates the mind.
Simon, Donna and their family were as ever, the convivial hosts. I look forward to the evening meals and the food is always fantastic. It’s good to break bread and catch up with the other artists too, who invariably are diverse and interesting characters.
As I wrestle with my painting, Simon’s suggestions and guidance has proved invaluable to me and I leave inspired and energised.
Moving forward in my development, there are questions to resolve regarding narrative, lines of enquiry and how that manifests itself in my mark making:- These are points that I relish and look forward to addressing thanks to my residency at Joya: AiR".
Stephen Sheffield / October 2017