The title of this piece originates in John Steinbeck's book "East of Eden" In the latter part of the book, Caleb and Abra meet to talk under a weeping willow tree, and their hideaway is referred to as a "house of leaves". This phrase gave me a wonderful image of a place apart from the pressures of the world, a restful place where nature soothes the soul.
When I made this work I was feeling very restless and anxious. I believe that a lot of my artwork comes about through an attempt to balance myself, to "fill in" the bits that are missing, so to speak. So this work is very calm and inviting, with softly scintillating colour in subtle hues. When it was finished, I realized I had built my own house of leaves.