I've grown up with, and adopted for myself, this wonderful ease and enjoyment from nature walks and spending time on the water. The feelings of being grounded and expansive on these outings are so rich that it's easy to make spiritual associations to it. This latest series of paintings are largely about the mystical energy of nature and revealing a hidden magical world. I've made many of the landscape scenes less about location and more about the boundary between reality and mystical happenings. It's a world that is both here and not here, just out of reach as you step closer. Most of the occurrences happen in the skies, where unusual atmospheric events and swirling energies turn familiar scenes into something other worldly. In the way that animals detect danger in the air before we do, I use flocks of birds as both messengers and bringers of these events. It's intentionally unclear if the swirling lines are flight paths of the birds or some electrical storm that has brought this other world to us. It is up to the viewer to decide what these events are about, whether they're friendly, spiritual or threatening.
In a way, I also try to capture the emotional memory of a place instead of a documentary style image. This allows for a scene to be coloured by our experience, highlighting some features while others fade away or meld into some other vague memory. In the way that our minds can fuse together different memories into one event, I've made most of my landscapes from different views along the journey, adding a path here, removing trees there. I think the resin coating adds to the dreamlike quality of the work.
I'm based in Toronto, ON and work with a great team of galleries across Canada that exhibit and sell my work all over the world.