Artist Statement

Laura Culic canoing on Kingscote Lake, Algonquin Park

My paintings are my response to my deep and abiding love of the the wild places of Ontario. I am motivated to paint images, whether representational or abstract, which reflect my profound sense of connection to the rocky and wild Canadian Shield landscape which seems to inhabit me.

My images are the product of many meditative hours spent in this harshly beautiful environment: hiking, paddling, observing, absorbing and just being.

My process is experiential, in that my subject is derived from impressions of the natural world I carry in me, and that the process itself is an exploration in which each step and each decision is dictated only by the one that proceeds it. My physical process involves building up multiple layers of wax and pigment using a range of tools and media and mark making techniques, combined with scraping back to underlying layers. By repeatedly adding and subtracting; concealing and revealing, I build an environment rich in colour and natural textures, with a sense of history and place. This process, I feel, is akin to nature’s cycles of erosion and decay, growth and renewal, and also an adventure and a journey; an intriguing blend of intuition, spontaneity, analysis and imagination.

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
T.S. Eliot