My work gives recognition to the spaces that inspire me throughout the prairie seasons. I am intrigued by the negative spaces in the environment that are defined by natural and man-made objects, such as flora, power lines and bicycles. It is within these spaces, or places, that I can tell a story. I have been influenced and trained by formalist painters and their emphasis on colour, line, light and texture. It is these elements that build layers and invite me to be curious. I have a need to grow and change and as a result I then to produce a series of paintings. Although the muse may differ the mark making and painting style remains recognizable.
Making art is a process of exploration and discovery. When preparing the work I spontaneously draw and apply medium and paint, creating chaos and struggle which keeps the work authentic. The process invites new possibilities and frames the sensitivity to light, colour, line and texture. The negative spaces hold individual stories or significant ideas, paintings unto themselves. The challenge is to ensure that these individual spaces exist as a whole. It is a process of giving recognition to these spaces, searching for balance in chaos, seeking relationships between the lines, textures and overlapping colour planes.
Although the work is abstract in expression, the familiar themes engage the viewer and invite them to linger, enticing them to move closer to the canvas in search of stories within the layers of paint. The work creates a relationship between representation and abstraction, which plays with the viewer’s expectations and allows them to experience both genres.
I am continually motivated and trust in this quote:“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes; Art is knowing which ones to keep.”