I started to draw these simple personal maps. Their emergence and development was quite unexpected. I can only suggest that they came from a deep need to revisit my past and understand it. My mind turned to places and experiences that I have held onto, or filed for future reference. Echoes of my childhood and places half remembered emerged in a simplified linear form, sometimes superimposed over archetypal faces of my younger self and my parents. A kind of alphabet that I had used in my previous graphic works became more clearly defined: Boats became symbols of change and transition, waves signify a difficult journey and trees stand for hope. Slowly this symbolism began to merge with remembered details of places and people from different times in my life. It was in this organic way that my work on ‘Personal Maps’ emerged. Eventually, Istarted to feel the need to create maps of actual places and was subsequently commissioned to create cartographic works that combined present and past 'layers of time' and cultural changes and transitions.