Space, a sense of stillness, the natural elements and particularly the minimalist view, is home for my practice. This is a particular visual and visceral aesthetic - awareness of spatial relationships, the space within words, thoughts and speech, and space between and through all perceived existence. Considering that space is the primary element of all existence, it is always surprising to me that we don't focus on it more but prefer the manifested form. Living for 40 years in fields and woods, large skies and horizons has informed my aesthetic. Nature also shares a pervasive heart of presence when we care to pause and touch into it. The elements are in constant dynamic change and space generously provides the scaffold for this observation, the support for a rich lived experience.
Integrated seamlessly into my art practice is a passion and practice of the science of direct experience, perception and being. Understanding the natural essential nature of the phenomenal world.
The quiet relentless simplicity and stark beauty of Agnes Martin's work has endless resonance for me. Formally, Lyrical Abstraction and Minimalism also sustain me in my inquiry, as well as simple living and observation. My approach is to encounter, observe, simplify, and learn.
My home and studio is in Oro-Medonte, Ontario where I share life and conversation with Canadian artist and musician Robert Marchessault. (http://www.robertmarchessault.ca)
Wasaga: Detritus 18, digital image
Wasaga: Detritus 13, digital image
The Washi works: For ecological and health reasons, and for the joy of drawing, I returned to incorporating works on paper into my practice, specifically Japanese handmade papers called Washi. I make my own walnut ink from the walnut trees that line my studio driveway, with an aspiration to eventually create and blend more natural inks from nature's living organisms. Experimentation and introducing new elements is always about a continuous creative rebirth. The effort usually brings exhilarating and fruitful results.
Fire & Water, diptych, 16.5 X 24"