In 2012, 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. I decided to continue working with on watercolor paintings. I began painting abstracted olive trees wet-into-wet. After returning to my San Francisco studio, I cut these paintings into 6” x 6” squares and created new images by combining and rotating unrelated squares. These new paintings became my Portugal series.