This is one of the artworks that has taken me the longest hours.
I had just moved into my studio in Valletta, and wanted to show Valletta through a
different lens. This painting is about Barrakka Gardens at night.
I had just come over from a long stay in Madrid where I had deepened my
knowledge of magical, the surreal and the superstitious.
One thing I had learnt from the Spanish is to be myself with a passion . I cannot hide the
fact, that nothing left an impact on my persona and my character as the books I read
when I was a child.
Magic realist literature from latin America strengthened my need of the absurd and
fantastical so I just decided to turn Barrakka Gardens, into a magical garden of fairies ,
cherubs and incredible animals. The garden I painted is only visible like this to
children who like Antonio Sciortino’s les Gavroches, are wandering starry eyed at the
marvels around them.