Nature is wondrous and beautiful. It evokes emotion in me. My expressionistic painting style is inspired by nature, by its changing colors and light, its mood, its organic movement, and its composition. The physical landscape draws my eye away from the concrete world. It brings peace and a sense of calm and wonder. Nature is an art form. A windswept tree shaped by the harsh elements resembles a sculpture on the coast. Glacier waters in the mountains- formed by pulverized sediment over geologic time-turn the waters a brilliant turquoise. A carpet of bright green moss blankets trees and forest. The mix of pinks, oranges, and yellows from the morning or evening sun reflects calmly in the water. The rise and fall of the tides change colors at different times of the day and season. The fresh blooms of a magnolia tree bring hope and splendor. The peeling red bark of a Pacific Madrone reveals a newborn, smooth bright green layer beneath. I paint the beauty to capture its ephemerality and to bring the outside in, to be reminded every day of how wondrous the natural world is.
I began with oil paints and embraced the style of impressionist painters. I took photographs from my adventures canoeing in Ontario, Canada, from exploring the backcountry landscapes of the Canadian Rockies and from my travels abroad to Australia and New Zealand. Later, inspired by expressionist painters such as the Canadian Group of Seven and Emily Carr, my style evolved to applying bright layers of acrylic paint to illustrate light and form of the physical landscape. I wanted a more vivid presence on canvas using sweeping ribbons of paint to depict movement, light, and emotion, and exhibiting an organic-like fabric of the natural world. You will see this in my current series of paintings. I hope it helps you to feel the way that I do while creating it.