Jedediah Bay Arbutus 36in x 48in Oil On Canvas
My paintings are inspired by British Columbia’s West Coast. I find that the place where the land meets the water is a meditative place of energy, mystery and spirit. As such, it draws my creative interest. This interest in land and waterscapes drew me to the art of Emily Carr, W.P. Weston and the Group of Seven; all of whom I consider my inspirational Masters.
My current series is of West Coast arbutus trees, painted in water-soluble oils on canvas. My paintings originate from photographs that I have taken along the Sunshine Coast and on sailing trips in and around the Gulf Islands. I tend to anthropomorphize the trees I decide to paint. The twisted and peeling limbs of the Arbutus remind me of human limbs and muscles reaching for their share of the light, trusting their roots to cling to the shore. I compose my Arbutus Trees as framing devices beyond which can be seen where sky meets ocean, cloud formations, islands, and distant shores.
My paintings capture the brilliant summer light of the West Coast with bold colours and sharp contrasts. I studied Art History, Studio Art and English Literature at the University of British Columbia and I have taught visual art for twenty-four years. I have been an Active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists for two years. Thank-you to the organizers of Crossing Boundaries – Beauty of Canada. It is an honor to be included in this exhibition during Canada’s 150.