I have a deep affinity to the land and paint in direct response to my powerful emotional connection to the dense forest, lakes and rocky, wild landscape of the Canadian Shield. Whether abstract or representational, my work evolves from impressions of the natural world I carry in me as a result of many meditative hours spent in this harshly beautiful environment; hiking, paddling, observing, absorbing, and just being.
Process driven and multilayered, my approach involves building up multiple layers of wax and pigment. This process is an exploration in mark making, layering, drawing into, and scraping back paint, using a range of tools and media. By repeatedly adding and subtracting; concealing and revealing, in a process akin to nature’s cycles of erosion and decay, growth and renewal, I work to capture the spirit, atmosphere and energy of place.
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.