To create bold & beautiful art that provides a powerful visual nudge toward one’s soul space. I strive to create generous & authentic art that breathes with inspiration & imagination, perpetually providing a powerful visual nudge subtly influencing the feelings, behaviours, & decisions made within its space. I am enamoured with applying that power, to gently strengthen viewers idealism, rewarding their contemplation by fortifying the ideals & values that truly sustain them.
My mission is to create art that has the following three characteristics:
- The art becomes soul food, connecting us with realities far beyond the material. Art in a room is like bread and wine on a hosts table, art is a gift of visual & spiritual nourishment that you give to yourself & your guests.
- The art becomes transformative, providing a constant visual nudge toward the things that lift our spirits, and breathe with inspiration & imagination, drawing out what is creative and unique within us.
- The art becomes emblematic, and encapsulates our values, passions, and or memories.
To create bold & beautiful art that provides a powerful visual nudge toward the things one holds dear.
WHY I DO WHAT I DO:
I have experienced the power of the visual nudge throughout my life. This happens to me every time I see something that infuses me with wonder, curiosity, or a sense of playfulness. My art work is designed to help share this experience with others.
I use art as a means of exploring the wonder of new ideas, imagining their curious possibilities, then playfully transforming colours, shapes, and lines to express my discoveries. Art in a room can nudge our spirits to breathe in inspiration & imagination. I harness that spirit in my art, so that those who see it are unconsciously guided into soul spaces where wonder, curiosity, and play thrive.
My artistic passion began as a child in the playful world of cartoons, especially Bill Watterson’s “Calvin & Hobbes”, where I am still fascinated by the way so few lines can communicate so much. As a young adult my visual curiosity lead me to Canada’s own “Group of 7”. I have been particularly inspired by Lawren Harris, Franklin Carmichael, and Tom Thomson. Their ability to distill a composition to it’s emotional and spiritual essence amazes me. As an adult I am enamoured by the wonder of abstract art. The work of Keith Wood, Barnet Newman, Mark Rothko, & Franz Kline have been particularly instructive to my practice. Abstract art is able to convey much by saying very little, and is able to share the essence of an idea on a visceral level, enabling viewers to experience multiple states.
Now in my fifties, I am eager to embrace the rest of my life as wholly as possible. This guides me to develop complimentary aspects of my artistic interests. I strive to combine the logical with the emotional, and the tangible with the spiritual. It is also why I love painting non-representational abstract, and representational impressionistic work.