The background was inspired by Dyan Reaveley. Starting with large “scribbles,” I used common smaller shapes to fill in the larger shapes, then painted them in bright colours. (Because I knew I’d be painting over it, I didn’t spend a lot of time zen tangling.) I used a mask to cover a section of the grid and a distressed ink dabber in black to colour over the rest, leaving the profile behind. Where the colour shows through the black it’s actually Silks acrylic paint. I didn’t know it would do that, but it was a happy accident. It reminds me a bit of graffiti art.