In Lanzarote violent volcanic activity is relatively recent, and there are still areas where the ground remains appreciably hot - it is an animate, brooding land, in which the forcefulness of nature is immanent. How could this palpable drama not touch an artist who had captured with line the infinite inticacies of Chiusure and Formentera?
Barns-Graham visited Lanzarote four times between 1989 and 1993. She was fascinated by the way that volcanic activity had shaped the landscape. Her drawings of the island show the black cones of compressed ash silhouetted against the skyline as well as the dramatic results of lava flow contrasted with agricultural activity.