"We are all called to be . . . repairers of creation."
Mr. Fred Rogers, 2001
Often, both the beauty of nature and the pain of the human condition takes my breath away and causes me to erupt in expressive arts.
Experiences push me to pick up my pen and write poetry while brief encounters with nature soothe and heal me as I pick my brush to interpret my life in emotional lines and unexpected colour contrasts.
I desire what artist Georgia O'Keefe did: that my work possess such an 'inner energy . . . that it cannot be ignored.'
The messages that manage to grow through the weedy flux of my life are all I have to offer back to the world - my struggles, my gratitude, those moments of awe. I am thrilled when others relate to my pieces and receive a sense of empathy or see a reflection of the spiritual.
in NATURE: hiking, cycling, or kayaking to locations, for plein air sketching and watercolours and quick visual studies.
in TRAVELS: wherever I can manage, to gather experiences and reference photos for future work.
in STUDIO: expressing memories and thoughts through journalling, poetry, soft pastels and larger acrylic works.
“One hopes for something resembling truth, some sense of life, even of grace, to flicker, at least, in the work.”
Jasper Johns, 2006