Mixed media on wood cradleboard
I paint for three main reasons: to preserve a moment in time when I have been touched by beauty or mystery, to challenge myself to transform my vision into technically strong artworks, and finally to just relish the pure pleasure of moving pencil or pigment over a surface.
Having painted in watercolour for more than a decade I now paint primarily in acrylic and oil, savouring each for its power: for the unexpected movement and transparent layering of watercolour, the building of surface and texture in acrylic and the marvelous melding of colour in oils. Over the last few years I have been exploring old wax and oil as well as other mixed media techniques, while moving towards more nonrepresentational work, exploring more playful and loose interpretations of the natural world.
My subject matter is eclectic. The coast and islands of Vancouver Island are my home and inspire my art, the vanishing of large tracts of forest and wild coastal areas are in my mind as I create my landscapes. Another subject I never stray far from is the figure, primarily women and children, and travelling continues to inspire many architectural paintings.
Length/Depth: 12 in
Width: 12 in
Height: 1.5 in
Length/Depth: 15 in
Width: 15 in
Height: 4 in
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