In 2012 I was invited to take part in an exhibition in Japan, at the Kyoto Municipal Art Gallery. I visited Kyoto for the exhibition and went to many shrines and gardens. The plum trees were in flower and I have created this artwork inspired by my favourite orchard below the stone ramparts of Nijo Castle.

I love all the crow family but have a particular liking for rooks. They are my neighbours but very shy and this moment in early spring when they are nesting is the time to get closer to them. It is just the moment when the woodland floor is a mass of celandines.

Some words cross cultural divides better than others; you may see this title as having issues but you will love the tiny birds hunting for caterpillars in the tree tops. Trust me. I certainly enjoyed translating them into collage.