The inspiration for my art comes from the colors and forms found in nature: fuzzy moss villages growing within decaying tree trunks; limitless expanses of prairie skies; crystalline worlds hidden within rocks that have fallen in a seemingly haphazard pile; translucent green pools nestled beside terrifyingly deep swaths of ocean. In order to recapture the excitement of these discoveries, I prefer to paint and draw in an intuitive, gestural manner – thereby resulting in paintings which are semi or completely abstract. Although I am influenced by the landscape of the prairies, my paintings do not depict any particular time or place; instead, they form out of visions my from past, present and dreams.
I will document anything that interests me. I use this collection of sketches and photographs as references for my artworks. When a paper viewfinder is employed to search for something beyond the “bigger picture”, the photograph will often yield tiny environments hidden within; it is these “viewfinder environments” that are used as base references for many of my paintings. Velvety black charcoal is used in my oil paintings as sharp, linear contrast to the soft, buttery quality of oils. To me, these mediums are perfect for describing the range of colors and shapes seen and felt in the natural world.
I enjoy exploring a variety of subject matter. Currently this includes animals (lots of rabbits apparently), landscapes, portraits, “world-building” (indicating that my early art interest has roots in illustration and story-telling), and pure abstraction. This last item on my list – abstraction – is more of a primary directive for me rather than a subject matter, so it appears in most of my work as my “handwriting”, so to speak.
Use the form below to contact me regarding commissions, project ideas or just to get in touch! My studio is located in HUNTINGTON HILLS, Calgary, Alberta Canada. Hours are by appointment only, so please get in touch ahead of time if you plan to visit. Studio landline is (403) 450-1917
September 24, 2018