Fragments; New Work

Memory is fragmented. The cognizance of what we see is often fragmented and impressionistic from multiple points of view that create not so much a scene but a feeling, even a sensation or an abstract idea of something. These new works explore ways of showing these ideas in painting.

The Blue Point; A Collaboration with Shirley Graham

Statement on the paintings created in response
to the poem The Blue Point by Shirley Graham

My aim was to evoke the emotional energy and structure of the poem without resorting to illustration. In previous work I have used this circle pattern as a starting point for exploring composition. It allows me to push against the boundaries of this rigid structure and create new patterns, new worlds within my paintings.

It was a joy discovering Shirley’s poetry. I had a hard time choosing which poem to use. I decided on Blue Point because its a powerful poem about a place right here on the island.

Infinity Patterns

Infinity Patterns, Rosalie’s most recent series, use a repetitive circular pattern as a starting point. Rosalie pushes against the boundaries of this simple pattern evoking an emotional and sensual connection to the material through the abstract components of composition, shape, colour and texture.

Salt Spring Idyll

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 …

Apis Mellifera

1 2 ► I became a hobby beekeeper shortly after I began working in encaustic. My thought was that I would be able to collect wax for my paintings. I soon realized I needed a lot more wax than my few hives could produce. Nevertheless I quickly learned to love having honey bees in our garden and became more and …

Salvaged Artifacts & Stories

  August 22 – September 14 2014 Mahon Hall, 114 Rainbow Rd, Salt Spring Island Delving into historical documents is like exploring a culture so foreign that it seems incomprehensible. Assumptions made in the past are often completely contrary to what is believed today. Yet there is always something to latch on to, some thread that brings one right back …

Whalebones, Blubber & Other Relics of First Oil; Show at the Duthie Gallery

April 4 – 29 2014 Duthie Gallery, Salt Spring Island In the early 17th century when European explorers first came across Bowhead whales around Svalbard they were so thick in the bays that the ships could hardly maneuver around them. Now the eastern pod of the Bowhead whale; also known as the Right Whale, because it was the right whale …