My childhood home, Paradise, Nova Scotia, is still the focus of my work. The phenomenon of time passing and the romance of its history give the land an anxious sensibility.
Small 5 x 7 paintings become ‘postcards from Paradise’. The date, time and place from the referenced I-Phone photos, and moments of my day, from my journal, are handwritten on the back as if I am sending a message to a dear friend.
My larger pieces are chosen from the ‘postcards’ that convey the most drama and atmosphere. The mark-making is both manic and measured. The paint is applied and removed revealing the history of the process. My work is influenced by 18th and 19th century landscape painting, contemporary film and the environment that surrounds me.
“I felt like lying down by the side of the trail and remembering it all. The woods do that to you, they always look familiar, long lost, like the face of a long-dead relative, like an old dream, like a piece of forgotten song drifting across the water, most of all like golden eternities of past childhood….and all the living and dying and the heartbreak that went on a million years ago and the clouds as they pass overhead seem to testify (by their own lonesome familiarity) to this feeling.
~ Jack Kerouac ~ (The Dharma Bums)