My latest work takes us to the Loire Valley in France. Who doesn't love the French countryside?
I mean, seriously? It's where people fall in love.
Sipping wine with your partner on the terrace of a 17th century chateau, soaking in the sunset over the slow, meandering Loire River is a luxurious experience we should all have. The Loire Valley is an exceptionally romantic area peppered with hundreds of beautiful chateaux, vineyards and quaint little towns. I wanted to capture the distinct French flavour of the opulent architecture set in this exquisite setting, with it's rolling hills and shimmering rivers. It's the escape many of us want to experience over and over.
In trying to recreate experiences, I attempt 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. The glass-like coating of resin which seals my paintings add to the dreamlike quality of the work.
I'm based in Toronto, Canada and work with a great team of galleries across Canada that exhibit and sell my work all over the world.