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The images in my work are often stretched and contorted, displaying saturated tones or non-realistic shade, primarily relying on oil paints. This distortion is often the result of memory, fear and unbridled enthusiasm producing cognitive dissonance. Still, the work remains oriented towards traditions of impressionistic landscape, abstract and figurative painting, with influences ranging from J.M.W. Turner to Tom Thomson, Lawren Harris and Willem de Kooning.
Initially, I painted to allow myself a creative outlet at melancholic time and as a way to remain connected to Nature. As my work progressed, my practice evolved into an exploration of medium. I tend to employ a slightly wild and erratic brushstroke, as my chronic condition has made consistency and precision unattainable. Embracing spasticity has provided an opportunity to develop a more fluid, natural style. I’ve come to embrace these accidental moments, as they inform my work with another, more direct form of struggle and distortion.
Many of these pieces have a sense of struggle, confusion, anger and hope, a reflection of my having endured over twenty years of chronic pain. There is a pervasive loneliness in many of the unpopulated landscapes. Having spent many seasons as a wilderness guide, painting these empty landscapes allowed me to return to those earlier times, providing refuge for my longing and frustration.