UPCOMING SOLO EXHIBITION:
Jan 2018, The Discovery of House @ Casa, Lethbridge
Art for me has always been about the expression of experience and emotions that materialize as we move through life. It is through the painting medium that I manifest these expressions. My art process itself is both intuitive and calculated. Intuitively, I use washes and create textural effects. It is the structural forms and colours in the paintings that require a more controlled technique.
I am deeply influenced by the emotional value and symbolism of colour. I use bright, bold colours to fully represent the intensity and beauty of life. Some further examples of symbolism are my use of red and white. Red for blood, which I interpret as life force. White is purity, a cleansing of negative emotions and thoughts. Alternately, white is used to create a meditative field, a place for the eye to rest within the fast-pace of other parts of the paintings. This resting ground also refers to my spiritual safe place.
A term I’ve used to explain my work is “re-constructivism”, it represents the re-building process necessary to recover from painful emotions or memories. My use of collage and text are a direct reference to this re-building process. Much of the text used are symbols of my experiences, they indicate memories I want to preserve, along with my inner dialogue. Like collage, my memories are often fragmented, and change rapidly between past and present. I also experience false memories. When using text, every word is a symbol of these fragments of memory so I carefully choose each one. By collaging thoughts and memories together with text, I bring them into a strong, unified and powerful form.
Although there is always an element of healing in the paintings, a spirituality expressed mostly through colour and text, it is also the act of painting itself that is often cathartic. Over the years, through painting, I have learned how to re-direct negative energy, to find positivity and happiness amongst strife. My paintings have a high emotional value and every detail is carefully executed. There is an embued spirituality present in the act of painting and I am emotionally transformed as I paint, it produces in me a feeling of freedom. The tactility of the brush on the canvas and in my grasp, the paint on my hands, my music playing in the background, these are moments that I truly cherish.
Clouds, graphite, coloured pencil, acrylic, 23” x 30''
Brick Separator, oil, 8" x 10". 20cm x 25cm