"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time"
An Abiding Love of Art
I have had an abiding love of art since childhood and a lifelong fascination with the space in which all things exist but that we never notice. The space across bodies of water, between objects, within the branches of trees, the near and far are my inspiration. Exposure to spiritual teachers and the understanding that all that is is rooted in "Awareness" / “The Word”/ ‘The Eternal Now’ have validated this fascination for me.
Living on the shore of Lake Ontario in recent years, named appropriately ‘Beautiful Water’ by the First Nations, I have opened myself up to working with less image reference and more the sense of the subject. The semi-abstracted lake paintings are the result and are bringing me closer to my desire to express the endlessness of space that is so present where water and sky meet.
In the past I painted a subject because I loved what I saw. It was a way of capturing the moment, making a memory of that moment and place. There is a freedom in letting the colour, paint and shape create the image rather than the reference image leading the painting choices.
It is all a journey forward.