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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, Pierre Bonnard and Willem de Kooning.
Initially, I painted to allow myself a creative outlet and as a means to remain connected to nature, after the onset of a chronic illness forced me to stop guiding wilderness trips. 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. Having entered a period of recovery, there is a greater sense of hope in some of the works, accompanied by a willingness to explore a fuller range of emotion.