I think of my paintings as just what they are: mysteries and untold stories brushed on canvas with acrylic paint.
I paint the West Coast of Vancouver Island: the ever changing weather, the freight train winds, the fog rolling off the Pacific, the pelting rain, the washed out logging roads and the magic that lives there too.
I didn’t have any intention to paint this theme. ‘Facing West’ just happened naturally. It happened developing one painting after another, everyday, for over a year. I’m not surprised it happened this way because I have spent many years painstakingly exploring this area. What does surprise me is how my unconscious mind directed me in developing this exhibition. Though each painting was deliberate, brush strokes and paint color became a vehicle in triggering my memories. This in turn helped me bring elements of weather and feeling onto my canvas. This was most helpful when I worked in the studio away from the feeling of wind and weather, away from the place I was trying to paint. Brush Strokes, paint colour, memory and experience in the end were much more helpful than my references of sketches and photos. These surprises pleased me.
Even though I get a great amount of satisfaction from painting I would never call it ‘fun’. But I thoroughly enjoy the process, the spiritual and meditative aspects (I paint in silence) and the whole challenge of it all.
I don’t know what the viewer will take away from each piece and ‘Facing West’ as a whole. I painted each piece wanting to say something, but I think each piece has grown its own identity and the whole exhibit speaks for itself now.
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