Inspirations run deep. Sometimes a painting starts out as one thing and ends up something totally different. If I let the process be free, great things often happen. I strive for a story to form for every painting. I want to re-define nature – wilderness – the feelings and thoughts while being in the backcountry. On my canoe trips for 5 – 7 days, I love having nothing, being deprived of extra food, or clothing, except what I truly need to survive. It is invigorating and very freeing to live outside the world of comfort. My art is free, not controlled. The beauty in it is to feel the scratching, blowing, rustling movements of the outside, not a perfectly painted scene. I cannot re-create the exactness of the wild. I can imagine it’s essence.
This painting settled my mind as I began. A very subdued abstract, with dark Jenkins Green as my prominent base colour, I loved the free stokes added in white and primrose yellow. I always add many colours to my waters, as it adds depth and leads my mind to wander endlessly. This 12″ – 60″ piece was titled “Feeling Calm”.