Based on a late fall paddle into breathtaking Killarney Provincial Park, the focus of this painting was on creating a compelling arrangement of strong colours and shapes. There are rare days when the air is so clear the blues and greens seem impossibly strong and sharp, this was one of those!
As a child, I spend part of my summers on Manitoulin Island, camping at Providence Bay. Looking back, that was a magical time, days of off hiking, exploring, swimming, campfires and always beautiful scenery! One of our favourite rituals was hiking along the rugged Lake Huron shoreline out to the old Lighthouse point, which included a basic meal cooked over a driftwood fire.
When working away at this piece, it was like all the memories of clambering along this rocky shore came back to me and I could recall navigating these very rocks.
Set in an elegant warm grey wooden frame, this painting currently is on display at Van Allan Designs in Collingwood.
Recently completed commissioned work, this painting depicts a fairly typical rural landscape in nearby St Vincent township. It is a large piece (39" x60" plus frame) and was chosen and designed to work in a specific location in the clients' home. It felt like I was working on 2 or more paintings in one and the tall tree was added to the foreground to knit the fore, middle ground together. The painting invites the viewer to take their time and reflect on the quiet way of life that marks the countryside when enveloped in winter.