October 16th, 2015
6 – 9 pm
October 16th – 18th, 2015
Le Canal Gallery
I started painting when an injury prevented my regular excursions into nature. The previous summers I had worked as a canoe trip guide and my confinement in the city was difficult to accept. Painting was a means to remain connected to the Canadian wilderness. Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven’s depictions of the Canadian landscape are significant influences on my work. Additionally, I am sometimes guided by a concern for environmental degradation.
My work explores nature through memory, evading the conventions of photography and realism through abstraction and experimentation. In my paintings, I attempt to evoke the natural world through texture, structure and pattern, often choosing the palette knife over the paint brush as well as non-traditional materials.
There is a meditative quality inherent in spending long periods of time in the wilderness. While the limitations of my mobility continue to restrict my experience of nature, the act of painting provides an equivalent opportunity for self-reflection.