ARTIST STATEMENT

My art is quiet and pensive.

We Canadians are known to be diffident. We write novels about the ordinariness of life. I find the ordinary thought provoking and visually exciting: the crush of backpacks on the university–bound bus, the tangle of wires found at any European train station, the pipes and drains in the basements of old buildings, even a pile of string or dishes in the sink or a mop and pail shoved into a cupboard.

My goal is to challenge the commonplace wisdom that art is supposed to lift us out of the mundane. I wan tto transform the mundane with a modicum of abstraction, negative space, a dash of unexpected colour, line or a shadow: all to see the familiar a little bit differently.

I find myself returning time and again to trees and rocks, tree limbs twisting and turning like the human body, rocks building blocks of structural form. We Canadians are said to have too much georgraphy. Geography shows everywhere in my art. I depict Drumheller's Mustard Fields, Finland's Lichen on the rocks, Hornby Island's Arbutus Trees, Muskoka's Pink Granite, the rough bark of the Northern Ontario Birch, Georgia's red earth and the fog encrusted pines of Grand Manan.

I find places for life drawing everywhere I go. Even in the stillness of the pose,
I look for character and life experience.

I am experimenting now with new kinds of surfaces and with reflections and shadows. I am interlacing my life drawings into rich compositions, transforming straightforward images into whole environments.

 

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