The French Alps

A casual chat on the cruise boat about skiing ignited the next exciting episode of my journey. When I mentioned my passion for skiing, a fellow guest suggested, “You should experience a ski season!” Momentarily, the idea felt a bit daunting given my age, but its allure was undeniable. Before long, I found myself in an unexpected role—with a post-Brexit French visa and work permit—as a chef in a ski chalet in the French Alps.

Skiing became a ritual, inspiring sketches and photographs of the stunning landscapes. These experiences breathed new life into my subsequent paintings.

The path ahead may not always be clear, but perseverance through challenges is key to reaching your goals.