Inspiring read: One of my favorite authors is Ian McEwan. I’ve read every-thing he has written, and his work always stays with me for weeks. He really nails the zeitgeist with his acute social observations. I feel that one of his most timely books is Solar, a book about climate change—written with a fierce and biting tone.
Old-school tool: My cheap watercolor brushes. I never use sable-hair brushes—I can torture my cheap ones and not feel guilty!
Mind-blowing exhibition: One of my favorite artists, Ana Juan, just had a show in Valencia, Spain, called Ana Juan. Drawing on the other side. By looking through augmented reality devices, visitors to the show could animate her wonderful characters. How that was done is completely beyond me!
Mental exercise: I’ve been going to the TED Conference every year. It really opens my mind to new possibilities and inspires me in every way. One of my favorite talks was by artist Shea Hembrey, on staging an international art show by pretending to be 100 different artists—it was hilarious! The great thing about attending TED is that you never know who will amaze you. It’s always a surprise, and it’s a serious brain workout.