As a painter, I’m deeply inspired by nature and the changing seasonal landscape of colour. I’ve recently been compelled to create abstract works in acrylic. Still based on nature, this new series is created in a more instinctual, and visceral manner, relying on colour to evoke emotion, texture as a representation of nature. I’ve worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for 26 years. My company, Copilot Design designs work for many Vancouver arts organizations. I’m very fortunate to work with such great clients, all of whom share the love of the arts. I live on the Sunshine Coast.
Into the Blue
This work is based on water – water being a universal sign of tranquillity, peace and calm. Though this is never a certainty. Water can be such a powerful force when faced with wind, mass, and the transitions between abundance and the lack thereof. Water is so often associated with the colour blue and in our minds, we each have a definition of what that colour looks like. This painting to me symbolizes the element but it is not meant to be entirely representative. It may evoke the feeling of water, whether it be rain on a window or the depths of the ocean.
Water is transitional in all its forms. It creates, pours, disappears, replenishes, and is constantly around us. In this work, I’m capturing a moment of its essence, before it vanishes only to reappear once again in any of it’s chosen forms.
This work was created by applying layers and layers of acrylic paint with a small palette knife. Labor intensive and quite time consuming, to sometimes to uncomfortable levels. The result is a controlled, precise texture that appears unstructured.