October 14-30, 2017
Artist Reception: Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 3-5pm
WALL SPACE Gallery, 358 Richmond Road, Ottawa, ON
Places affect me. When I find a landscape that moves me, I take photos which become the starting point for my work in the studio. I paint in a very intuitive way, building up paint on canvas in thin washes then eventually thicker impastos. Experimenting with mediums and glazes and colour upon colour, I add or take away until the feeling seems right. This interpretation of a landscape is an exciting process for me, and this new collection of work is increasingly abstract. I begin at one location and the process takes me on a journey to a new place – imagined and at the same time, remembered. The finished work is always a surprise. In the end, there must be an emotional connection to the final painting, for me and ultimately for the viewer.
Statement about Breathing Spaces
I draw inspiration from landscapes at home and further afield; this collection comes from a search for that ineffable magic genius loci – literally the spirit of a place. Interpreting landscape has always been at the heart of my creative practice. The work is a portal to the interior world of memory and desire, time and place, longing and surrender — illuminating narrative and emotion. I want my paintings to create an emotional response or connection and bring awareness to the beauty and fragility of the planet.