In 2010, I was an artist-in-residence at the Obras Foundation in Portugal. This was a month long opportunity to focus on a project outside my usual studio work, so I brought watercolors & paper with me. The Portuguese cork trees immediately caught my attention. Their trunks turn bright red when the cork is harvested. The red contrasts dramatically with arid landscape in the Alentejo where I was located. This work became my Cork Trees series.