David St Maur Sheil
David St Maur Sheil is a practicing artist, gardener and an enthusiast on composting. As well as training in art at the Metropolitan College Brighton, he has been a practitioner for many years of organic farming, biodynamic farming and Permaculture. He currently lives between Hong Kong and East Sussex.
“I am a naturally positive person who likes to focus on solutions, but witnessing remorseless deforestation, soil erosion, loss of fertile crop land, waste dumps and chemical spills and more during my years of work on sustainability across the Asian region led me to experience periods of deep sadness and hopelessness at the battering endured by our mother earth.
However, in recent years our understanding of soil along with many other ecological solutions has developed in leaps and bounds! There is also deeper appreciation of the link between healthy soil, healthy food and our own health and inner resistance to disease. The transition to sustainability needs to be supported by a deep cultural shift, and this is why I have recently taken to combine my gardening and environmental work with art, as a means to explore the healing potential and the deep sustaining roots of our connection to the earth.