Artist's Statement

For me, the landscape of Northern Ontario inspires a creative process based on observation and reflection. It may be simply about the forms and colours of the land, taken from a different perspective, or it can be as complex as an assemblage of bits of nature collected on a walk. The fun comes when layers are built up on canvas, board or paper using combinations of paint, paper, found objects, marks and textures— whatever is at hand to tell my story.

 

I keep sketchbooks filled with words and articles that interest me and use them to go shopping for ideas for new beginnings and themes. Quick and simple thumbnail drawings help with figuring out how to get started. The dictionary, the internet and many books provide additional research where needed.  Almost anything can be an influence—it’s important to remain curious and not be afraid to take chances. After all, it’s only a piece of paper, a chunk of wood or a scrap of canvas.

 

I am telling a story about the land, the physical and metaphysical sense of it, and by using bits and pieces that might have been discarded and forgotten, I repurpose them to tell a new story that speaks to something deeper while informing and delighting the viewer.