Spring Snow 32in x 20in Watercolour On Board
As a Canadian, I am surrounded by amazing landscape, from the giant Rocky Mountains to the endless flow of the prairies. Having lived on Vancouver Island in years past and now living in Vancouver, I have painted many scenes of the Canadian west coast as well.
There is something about this lands that speak deeply to my soul and contribute to my expression.
Artistically, Canadian painters Lawren Harris and Toni Onley have been significant influences on my painting. The power that Harris evokes through stylization of the Canadian landscape had a huge impact on my practice. Though my own style with watercolours is quite different from Onley's, the freedom and simplicity in his work has always been great inspiration to me.
I've been told by other artists that my landscapes are abstractions with a horizon line. I have realized this is a good interpretation of my work; I paint in order to draw from a deeper place, one that is less reasoned and more intuitive. This to me is what defines the continuance of my artistic journey.
In reflections especially, whether the ocean, a mountain lake or just a puddle, the water of the watercolour medium itself and the subject of water have always held significant spiritual meaning for me.
There is power in what surrounds me. Painting is my diary. It is my interpretation of that which speaks directly to the spirit. Words are not required….