INSPIRATIONS OF AN IMPRESSIONIST
The selections below feature a more impressionistic style of painting that I used from 2012 to early 2020. I worked with smooth lines, letting the details fade in and out of each other to creating a dreamlike state.
This series was based on experimentation with figures and perspectives on an abstracted landscape. Here, I see the interaction of abstract forms in animals, flowers and forests and allow the vibrant backgrounds to create a surreal view of them. It also shows how natural beauty flourishes over an industrial mesh, though at the same time they compliment each other; that’s my inner public historian speaking, telling me to appreciate the small beauties in the midst of our chaotic, every-growing, and mechanized world. I focus on local landscapes and animal portraiture on abstracted backgrounds (from my reservoir of horse references from Harrogate Hills Riding Stable).
THE ISLE SERIES
I carefully choose my cityscape settings to evoke a nostalgic experience. No figures are present in these urban but spiritual landscapes as a moment in time is captured – the moment before the tide turns or twilight breaks over a bridge becomes akin to holding one’s breath to hold the time in place. I explore these nostalgic memories to share a personal moment of contemplation and of peace with the viewers, taking the fast-paced feeling out of the urban world. I use a spray paint background as a liminal medium between nature and industrialization.
Selected artwork is available through Preston Gallery (Uxbridge, ON) From February 2021 onwards. View my collection in their online shop here.
In this series, I was focused on abandoned structures and their interactions in the environment. These subjects are picked based on their connections between humanity and industry, drawing from architecture and historical events such as historic landmarks, effects of war, and abandoned structures. I believe a reminder of what we are capable of destroying alongside our constant need to create is a balance for our evolution. The majority of this series was developed while I completed my Fine Arts diploma at Georgian College (2008-2011).