Richard and I spent a week on Sable Island in August, 2009. While there, we spent all of our time painting the landscape en plein air. This was to be a pivotal experience for me.. I was pressed to find a way of expressing the landscape in a more immediate way. Working on illustrations for Free as the Wind, written by Jamie Bastedo, Red Deer Press, I came to know Zoe Lucas. Her friendship has opened up the world of Sable Island to me, and I am grateful for this.