Salt Spring Idyll 2017-18

Like many before me, as a newcomer to the West Coast, I have been inspired by what was for me new flora and fauna, the forests and changing seasons. After moving to Salt Spring one of the first things I did was to sit out in the forest doing plein air studies of the scenes around me. Nevertheless I put those sketches aside to get on with other work in the studio. Finally one day last summer when I noticed a shallow pond in the forest reflecting an unusual orange light from the mud beneath I was mesmerized and decided it was time to revisit those early sketches.
These forest landscapes are the result. They came about from experimenting with two different techniques; carved out clean lines and shapes contrasted with a more atmospheric soft blend of the wax medium. My aim was to create images that are representational yet self-referential to the construction of the painting through these opposing techniques.