“There are many destructive people in this world, and we are inundated every day with those stories in the news. I choose to focus on creativity and creative people because it helps me to feel better about who we are and how we might overcome our problems.

Warhol focused on his famous people while I have chosen to focus on creative people. Often they are one and the same. I’m not suggesting that painters or sculptors will save us. For me, the artist studio is a metaphor for all human creativity.”

Damian Elwes is a British artist with studios in Santa Monica and Colombia.