The inspiration for my work comes from extended canoe and backcountry camping trips in Northern Ontario. During these remote excursions I find a deep sense of connection to water and land. Being in wilderness has a profound effect on my psyche and is directly tied to my wellbeing.
Exploration by canoe is a delicate yet powerful experience. To put a paddle in the water is to still the mind - a meditative experience so quiet it allows you to tune into the environment - much like dipping a brush into paint. To put a paddle in the water is to feel exhilarated and energized - the whole body is activated each time the canoe is propelled. To canoe is to engage in an ancient dance - a momentum that can only be achieved through a connection to mind, body and place.
This series of paintings are moments experienced in places where stillness and movement are strongly intertwined. The vibrant, often saturated colours and bold brush strokes communicate the energy of each place. I work primarily with oils on canvas and use my own photographs as reference. My paintings are often framed from the canoeist’s perspective, offering viewers a glimpse into what it feels like to paddle through remote places in Ontario.