One of the techniques I use with acrylic fluid medium is to drip drops of paint into the medium where they will then spread and mingule with other drops of paint.





bg_39471398451421.jpgEmbedded Rock, Acrylic on Canvas, 30" X 24"

 

This painting, Embedded Rock, was inspired by a small rock embedded in sandstone at the Provincial Dinosaur Park, Alberta, Canada. When I paint images from this incredible landscape, its not only the amazing formations and exposed layers of history that inspire me but the personal connection that I have to this particular part of the world.  My grandfather was the first park ranger when it was officially designated a provincial park. I spent I lot of time there as a child wandering around the surreal landscape. Now when I return I have the memories both visual, in my minds eye, and visceral, a body memory. My grandparent ashes are scattered there and this makes for yet another layer that merge and informs my approach to the badland paintings. I don’t always need to have such a personal connection for my inspirations, but I do need a connection. This convergence, for me, is a combination of the magic and wild part of life, a feel of a place, person or object and spirit. Much of the impetus behind my abstract paintings comes from this converging of energies.

 

This is an image from the Dinosour Park
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As an abstract painter I draw from at least two forms of inspiration, one being my environment, from my studio to the city to the landscape of ocean and mountains. In the landscape I see different layers of colours, shapes, lines and textures. When I work this way I feel myself connected to the scene I am painting. I feel the roots of the tree growing, the steadfastness of the rock, and the energy of a building. And it is this connection that I translate to the canvas expressing another layer of our multifaceted existence.

Another form of inspiration comes from an internal source, but more about this at another time.

 

 

 






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We had a small show at the Banff Centre, here's the work I put up in the show.



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working in the vertical.


Here I am working on large canvases, 12' long, at the Glyde Hall studio. I have northern light,which is fairly consistant through out the day and a real pleasure to work with. 


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