16" x 20" Cold Wax Mixed Media on Paper (Framed)$750
I love to create; I always have. My medium has changed over the past 30 years but my passion for the artistic process continues. In my studio my latest mediums are Cold Wax Mixed Media and Encaustic. I love allowing each piece to unfold and emerge. The paint, the wax, the tools all give me a feeling of being both the artist and the art itself. I love the smell of beeswax and the feeling of the wax on my hands, resting under my finger nails. Through the process of encaustic what emerges is often unpredictable. Each piece I have created with purpose and yet the magic of the medium has lead me to these final images. There's always a sense of surprise and wonder. I am creating happy accidents when things develop differently than I had expected... and that's the magic.
I have been leaning towards abstraction the more I paint and even when I’m doing representational paintings and landscapes, there tends to be an element of abstraction in them. Shapes and colors really appeal to me. I love geometric forms and they appear throughout my paintings. The designs behind my paintings often emerge from focusing my attention on negative painting in the backspace and interesting color relationships, resulting in works of art that weave in and out of abstraction.
I am inspired by the quality of light and shadow on an object, creating beauty and drama. An ordinary object turning from the light, can become an extraordinary object when interpreted in paint. That, combined with the colour, pattern or mood of a scene inspires me to want to capture that moment in paint. My passion is to create a perfect balance of realism and painterly interpretation in my works
Painters wield light and shadow to forge narratives. It is the shadows that give volume and solidity to objects; that suggest depth and distance that hold the promise to be revealed in time by light or keep obfuscated indefinitely. I have found that it is in the middle tones, the half-light, the partial shadows… where so much interesting stuff is revealed.
To me painting is a powerful way to grow inside, communicate, explore and be free. Through creative process I get to know myself and the world better, and strive to express emotion and beauty of the moment.
Painting old towns, houses, roofs, windows feels like special kind of traveling. In some quiet, unobtrusive way they hide so many different lives and destinies but also have a life in their own. I am inspired by charming places I have visited and by people I met there, performers, dancers and passers-by on the street. Dancers fascinate me with their passion for beauty of the movement and joy of performing.
Using playful palette I strive to create poetic work filled with life, tenderness and a dose of hidden nostalgia and childlike imagination. I want to create the place where everything is connected in some beautiful way.
Through my portraits I study emotions and personalities as well as my relationship with the person if I know them well. I realize how fragile life is and treasure every moment I have with people I love so I challenge myself to see how well I will be able to express my love for them through my paintings.
For me art is a fascinating journey, with always present thought about simultaneity of beauty and fragility of life.
My work is purely intuitive - conceived from memory or mood, interpreted and expressed on canvas.
Following a dialogue between color and shape my theme slowly emerges.
A willingness to follow my impulses and being open to continuous revision enables me to express my creative imagination.
Mixed Media is the best way for me to realize my goal by embracing experimentation and using myriad materials to achieve a variety of texture. My palette consists mainly of warm colors including Acrylide Yellow, Alizarin Crimson and Paynes Grey. It is my layering technique of numerous washes that lends all the colors a greater sense of depth.
My work is not contentious. It is meant to elicit a “feel good” response in the viewer.
The myriad techniques employed in my creative process are as varied as the themes that inspire me. While layering opaque paints and transparent glazes to create depth, my signature darks from the blend of my favourite transparent colours will frequently appear as the base. Keeping the palette relatively limited, I work with neutrals derived from the opposites on the colour wheel, balancing the values, temperature, shapes, forms and textures to create pieces that range from subtle monochromatic semi-abstract expressions to dynamic, purely abstract visual raptures of saturated colours.
My paintings beckon a return to the forgotten memory of our origins and to what collectively binds all living species. These ecologies - the forests, wetlands, and waterways give me a sense of awe and provide me with solace, grounding me to a web of interconnected spaces whose beauty and complexity I find endlessly fascinating. Painting provides me with a natural, quiet language to convey this profound connection.
I am driven to spur an intimate connection between the art and the viewer, hoping to ignite a direction towards positive environmental change. My work continues to be a process of psycho-geography, an investment of the self into our natural surroundings, which ultimately includes the viewer.
I am endlessly intrigued with painting stones - the varied color, texture and beautiful markings. I am often holding them as I paint, and they give me a feeling of peace and tranquility. I create a simple line drawing as a place to begin on the canvas, with the composition coming from my imagination. I then use the actual stones as reference for shape and tone and interesting features. It is my own version of what I see along Canada’s beautiful coastlines.
For 30 years I have explored, experimented, and questioned the wonders of Raku. I am starting to have a grasp on the process but am reluctant to say I know what I am doing as such a bold statement is sure to throw off one’s Karma. There are so many variables in the process it is difficult to duplicate any given result. I sometimes refer to it as Heart Break Pottery.
My work is heavily influenced by nature and most frequently by the ocean. I have spent a lifetime on the shores of the Salish Sea and it has provided me with much inspiration. My high School Art Teacher, William Calder, encouraged me when I was young and he was my mentor into university. To him I owe my teaching career as well as my art career. I will be forever grateful to him for his direction. Edward J. Hughes and Emily Carr are two of my favorite B.C. Artists. I try to learn something new each day as I continue to experiment with the infinite world of Raku.
I am immensely inspired by our natural world, always drawn to the shorelines, tidal pools, waterfalls, streams and high alpine lakes. The element of water fascinates me in all its forms and therefore frequently appears as a theme in my paintings. I work intuitively from my own sketches, studies and photo references captured on locations, often employing the layering technique integral to achieving desired effects of depth, translucence, light and movement.
Daylily, Cedar Bark, Pure Copper Gilt Oyster ShellSmall $195 / Medium $225 / Large$245
Foraging for materials within the seasons, my work is quite literally tied to the cycle of the natural world. Basketmaking has a communal history in nearly every culture on the planet. When I weave, I feel linked to this collective history of civilization; a time when we had respect and a deep, generational knowledge about the self sustaining systems of the earth.
The direction of my work flows from the energy of an idea; most often an intangible thing like light, movement, spirit and vitality. I remain open to possibilities of unexpected excitement / mystery that may change the painting as I go along. Visual harmony is important to me, with an inclination towards subtle shifts of color.
Birds sing, dance, fight, fly, court, breed, claim territory, pair for life, play the field and fool around. They hold funerals, have socials, eat fermented berries and perform mating rituals that leave me baffled. Many people do not see birds because they are small and fleeting, but with my paintings I want the viewer to connect with the birds, to see into their eyes and realize there is much more than expected. I hope my work inspires people to spend time outdoors and find a reason to be in nature.
I describe myself as a contemporary impressionist and expressionist artist. My desire is to create paintings which bring energy to the canvas. My use of color, form, and texture is intuitive. My hope is that the viewers connect emotionally with the painting in their own way. The result I strive for is a painting from the heart.
Figure painting is my primary passion. My figurative oil paintings often embody a sense of longing for the unknown. We feel this in the dichotomy between what we see and what exists in our own inner world of our mind. In pushing subject matter, my figurative works range from expression of intimacy and connectedness to a narrative of strength and blossoming womanhood.
Nature is my inspiration. Flowers often become metaphors for me influenced by music, dance and light. I delight in their tenacity to spring forth into the world from bud to emergence as they reveal their delicate beauty while in full bloom. They become soulful expressions of sensuous femininity, representing the circle of life and renewal itself. I am drawn to capture that moment of full bloom, the simple elegance in the turn of a leaf, subtle shift in color and the radiance of light.
14.5" H x 9" W x 7.5" D(Image #1) - Stainless Steel, Conglomerate Stone Base$3700
My art is a translation of the environment that surrounds me. The energy I receive from nature produces a desire for me to create and share my interpretations with others. Many of my sculptures intertwine mediums such as, wood, rock and steel.
Combining the natural elements allows me to feel connected to my subjects. Collecting these pieces is part of the process.
Many years of welding and hand forging steel has unraveled into what you see in my art today, limitless expression of multiple mediums.
Sharing has always been a very important part of who I am as a person and art has gifted me this ability.
From rocky shorelines and the working boats along the West Coast, to the fighting ships of the World War II, my strong appreciation for both ships and the sea compels me to depict them with accuracy and reverence.