My Secret Garden is inspired by Maurice Denis' 'Encounter', painted ca 1892 (see picture below). Maurice Denis (1870-1943) was a French post impressionist painter and a member of the movement 'les nabis'. Driven by his strict Catholicism, especially Denis' later paintings are loaded with Christian symbolism.

I love the clear lines of 'la rencontre', however, prefer to translate Denis' content into a more universal, dreamlike scene, where no particular religion is determinant but an open door lures the viewer into a secret garden that calls for discovery.