These paintings are self portraits; maybe not as most would instantly recognize as such, but for me, these organic forms are reflective of our own image. The bonds between animal and plant are vital for survival but the connection is deeper than sustenance. The earth is our body and its water, our fluids. Each painting is a silent visual poem honouring nature.
Is art eternal and consequently, transcends all boundaries? When examining the mechanics of the universe, the answer becomes increasingly apparent. Mankind's creations do not remain a constant when tested by time. Without human input and control, nature will eventually take over and weave its "timeless tapestry", ravaging anything that man has tried to record with his handiwork.
In my studies and paintings, I attempt to record the beauty, form, repetition and timelessness of nature. Capturing fleeting organic images with brush and paint, I feel I humbly serve as a metaphorical pointer to nature's design; so profound, silent and creative.
My inspiration has changed over my career as an artist. In my early years as a painter, I was drawn to and mesmerized by the human form. Almost in a narcissistic way, I studied and incorporated human shapes and activities into my work. In recent years, my muse has been exclusively found in organic plant patterns that occur primarily in the Canadian landscape. These elements are constantly in a state of flux. Deep inside these natural patterns, I find a sense of spiritual peace that I hope is transferred to the viewer of my work.
My artistic process is also constantly evolving and changing. Usually unplanned layers of thin washes are applied to canvas or paper. I then work with drawing tools of any sort, charcoal, pastels, oil sticks and finally, layers of oil paint are applied with brushes. Through this process, the landscape and organic images appear to me. The pauses that I take throughout this process are probably more important to me than the actual contact with paint or tools. And so, for me, it becomes a meditative process.