Perhaps because I spent the first part of my life in the city, for years I’ve ignored the natural world, focussing instead on the figure and man-made, urban landscapes. But now, while still doing figure work, I’m surrounded by the daily beauty that is life in coastal BC and I finally feel almost forced to acknowledge it on canvas.
I’m currently painting everyday wonders - random clusters of branches, shells, rocks as they’re thrown together by natural forces - large paintings of small, accidental beauty that might escape general notice. I approach the natural world as I do a human subject - attempting to capture the essence, mood and often transience of what I’m seeing.
I hope my work helps others to see the beauty in the microcosm, often overlooked while admiring the larger view.