My dear friend and art teacher Kate Spencer is one of my favourite people to collaborate with. For our upcoming Capella Hanoi hotel, she painted wonderful portraits for all forty of our hotel characters, and shipped them to us from her side of the world! Originally a Yorkshire lass she lives between St Kitts in the Caribbean, and Italy where she trained in fine art.
Her artwork adorns both BENSLEY Collection hotels, Shinta Mani Wild & Shinta Mani Siem Reap, my own home, our studio and almost every project we do has a touch of Kate in it for I adore her work. We met over 10 years ago in St Kitts while I worked on the Belle Mont Farm there, and always kept in touch. Every year we spend the holidays painting and sketching together, and I think it may be time to have a shared exhibition, as she has taught me ever so much.