If I were called to define briefly the word ‘Art’, I should call it the reproduction of what the senses perceive in nature, seen through the veil of the soul. -Paul Cezanne
I am a landscape painter who works with acrylic paint on large canvases, For inspiration I draw on the rolling prairie and mountain scenery of southern Alberta and British Columbia.
I find paint to be a natural medium of creative expression. Through the guidance of my father, I learned about acrylic painting, mixing colour, effective composition, flow and looseness. I began painting by copying the masters of Canadian landscape (Tom Thompson, A.Y. Jackson), and of European Impressionism (Van Gough, Cezanne, Monet). From this grounding in 19th and 20th century landscape painting, I have grown into my own form of expression.
I work with strong colour to create a feeling, rather than an image, of a place. Whether sunlight reflecting off leaves, shadows in woods and creeks, or the wide spaces around drifting clouds above distant mountain ranges, I open a personal connection to the places I paint.
My goal is to bring the feeling of the natural environment into an interior space. A painting succeeds when it captures the grandeur and serenity of nature and translates these feelings to the viewer, possibly conjuring memories of places he or she has been.