I have always loved the beauty and lifestyle of the coast. The sea, the beaches, the waves, the little villages and surf communities. I was an avid shell collector as a boy, and though I control myself in the National Parks these days, not much has changed. Shells are my truest love, but the intricacy, symmetry and beauty of a sea urchin intact, cannot be denied.
I was fortunate to work as a trekking guide on Flinders Island for Trek Tours Australia in early 2016. Flinders Island is in the Bass Strait between Tasmania and the Aussie mainland, and has a very small population. Its main geology is a spectacular bouldery granite and its beaches are majestic, wild and so often empty of people. I found a beautiful sea urchin on one such beach, took several photos of it... and actually did 3 axonometric drawings of it at the time. 3 years later, I revisited the photos and those drawings and created this mandala.