Landscape painting is my first love. However, I have lately ventured into figure painting as well. The poet William Wordsworth said that poetry is “emotion recollected in tranquility.” I think that the same could be said of all the arts. I want my paintings to capture a moment in time when light bursting through the clouds, or the curved back of a child delighting in the wonder of sand and water, touches my heart. Experiences of the heart such as these deserve to be shared. Artists are sometimes thought of as anti-social, solitary creatures. And it is true, that most artists need alone time to create. But the best art is a profoundly communal experience, an affirmation and celebration of our common humanity. Landscape painting, in particular, has become increasingly relevant as we struggle with the loss of natural habitats due to human encroachment and climate change. I hope that my paintings convey something of the wonder that I find in nature, and that through art I can affirm how essential the natural environment is to the physical and spiritual survival of all humanity.
Many thanks to all my teachers from the Georgian College Department of Design and Visual Arts, the Haliburton School of the Arts, the Toronto School of Art, and the numerous artists whose workshops it has been my privilege to attend.
"Being an artist means not numbering or counting, but ripening like a tree, which doesn't force its sap, standing confidently in storms, not afraid that summer may not come." (Rainer Maria Rilke)