'Those who don't believe in magic will never find it'. From The Minpins, by Roald Dahl.

 

Having spent much of the last ten years flitting between the UK and Germany I've absorbed influences from both countries.

Ever since I first set eyes on the work of the Neo-Romantics I was drawn to their images; the unmistakable tang of the British weather, the froth of cow parsley along the hedgerows and the standing stones and lighthouses that punctuate the landscape like sentinels.

More recently, when I started spending more time in Berlin, I fell for the modern gothic of the Expressionist architecture I saw there, and the emotional intensity of German painting.

The contrast between the two countries is endlessly stimulating and inspiring…