Bali is rich in ancient myths, legends and superstitions with its own distinct form of Hinduism. Everywhere figures carved in stone or wood, some human, others part human and part animal, festoon public buildings, temples and homes.
Balinese rituals are as firmly rooted in fear as in reverence - they are as much about fending off evil spirits and harmful magic as they are about honoring the Gods and spirits. But the land, as exotic and bountiful as it is, can be equally vengeful and destructive, as evidenced by several catastrophic earthquakes.
Many of Sherratt's watercolors were either painted while in Bali or begun there and completed later. He draws inspiration from traditional motifs found in early temple paintings and the extremely intricate work of the early Batuan style of painting, where the dreams and fantasies of the artists and traditional superstitions and stories mingle. But Sherratt is inspired primarily by the vibrant atmosphere and contradictory nature of this exquisite island.