500 Dreams, Oil on Canvas
Inspired by the view from BC Ferries during one of my trips to Victoria. The pristine beauty of the Gulf Islands is always enjoyed everytime I visit.
The Wind Softly Turned Away, Oil on Canvas, 40x60"
When the clouds thin and the light starts streaming through, the landscape provides a sense of calmness. There is a quiet beauty found in the West Coast sitting along the shoreline looking out over the water.
This group of work is centred around the connectedness I feel to the land and a summation of the past four years of travelling along the West Coast. I have travelled from the tip of the Mexican Baja, along the Californian Coast through Oregon & Washington and up to Alaska and I always seem to return to home for inspiration.
The space between light and dark highlights the shape and forms of the coastline. This simplicity emphasises the beauty of a storm ending and a new day beginning.
During a recent artist residency at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, I used the color of the waters in Green Lake as my inspiration.
One Fine Day
Porteau Cove along the Sea to Sky highway is one of my most favorite spots. It has provided countless hours of inspiration for many paintings.
West Coast Forest of Great Trees
Container Art was an installation at the PNE where I installed a 36ft long panel of canvas forming a panoramo of the mid-section in the tree canopy. Inspired by the treetops of Capilano, North Vancouver.
Contemporary Landscape Artist
Travelling extensively along the West Coast and throughout Western Canada provides an infinite source of material from which I derive the inspiration for my work. The connection I feel to the land is indescribable and my passion is to capture my emotions in paint. Re-tracing the pathway created by the Group of Seven forms a solid basis from which I draw and learn about the incredible potential this landscape holds. Lawren Harris and Emily Carr both give me great aspiration to chase what I love and dream what I dare.
One focus of mine is to always look back, so I never forget where I have been and at the same time consider how I can make a difference. Art gives my life great balance and once I have completed an image I can walk away, it is the process of painting that gives me happiness. I have had the opportunity to give back through donations to Vancouver General Hospital, BC Childrens Hopsital (Holiday Card Program), Variety Club Children's Charity Auction, Art for Life, Canadian Cancer Agency, Victoria Orchestra Symphony and others and it fills my heart with pride.
Large format canvas allows me to express my ideas more clearly. Having the freedom to move around the canvas and explain how I see the landscape becomes easier and clearer on this scale. The luxury of allowing myself to paint what I love is very meaningful and I feel fortunate to have discovered this attribute.
Vancouver · Victoria · Whistler · Banff · Jasper