Water Series

November 8, 2011


My new work is a continuation of the water theme that began in 2010 with a series of large oil paintings entitled Reflection 1, 2, 3, and so on. Prior to these, I created landscapes in chalk pastel for my last solo show, entitled “Coast to Coast” in 2009. The emphasis in that exhibition was on image as narrative with the potential to interact with the viewer through association and memory.

Water is elementary. It is one of the four basic elements which represent the fundamental substances of matter. Water is vital to all life. It is the most basic of all our resources. It is also the most critical issue of our current time.

“… water is a fundamental human right.”

“… freshwater is central to our very existence and must be protected by public trust law for the common good, not for individual profit.”

Maude Barlow, National Chairman, The Council of Canadians

Water itself inspires me. It is so variable, so magic, changing form, colour, mood, causing light to dance, air to shimmer, and earth to live. Water reflects life. In all languages and in all living things water is the same. I work in my home studio. For reference I use sketches and photographs I’ve done and taken of lakes, rivers, creeks and ponds. I crop these images to create close-ups which focus on the almost abstract nature of light, reflective surface patterns, movement and depth. The face of the water mirrors a new image every moment, every hour, every day.

“… and as the mirror changes with the colour of its subject, so water alters with the nature of the place, becoming noisome, sulfurous, salty, raging, red, yellow, green, black, blue, greasy, flat or slim… In time and with water, everything changes”

Leonardo da Vinci

With my previous work I was concerned with visual story telling and memory, a sensory meditation of the environment. With my new work with its emphasis on water, I am now focused on life, energy, and change.

 

 

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