The first film in a series of two following the work of Shani Rhys James with studio visits, interviews and exhibitions over 20 years. In this film we see the artist at work in her studio in rural mid Wales and at the important exhibition 'Distillation' at the National Library of Wales in 2015 that brought important works of her career together into one place. Shani talks about coming to the UK from Australia as a child with her mother in 1962 and how that experience continues to influence her work.