Familiar Places, Unfamiliar Times

Solo exhibition at Propeller Art Gallery in Toronto

My works are primarily inspired by landscape.  By the landscape of the North – Northern Canada, Iceland, Ireland, Scotland.  By the big sky. By the sea.

They are about memory – about the atmosphere, about the impression left by a sunrise or a sunset or a midnight sun, by a night sky, by a brief glance at the clouds or the horizon or the land or the sea.  They are the abstraction of this memory. They are the imagination of that memory. They seem to be familiar places.  However, what we thought we recognised has become more ambiguous, more mysterious.

We live in a time when we so often look for immediate answers, for instant gratification, when a 15-second sound bite is all the attention we can give. The paintings in this exhibition take the viewer and indeed the artist to a time we may no longer be familiar with – when we sit back and contemplate, when we take the time to slow down, to let the paintings slowly reveal themselves, to create our own narrative. In so many different ways, these are unfamiliar times.

The paintings in this exhibition were all completed with a painting knife, a tool which, for me, is a much slower, contemplative process than using brushes.  All were completed in 2022.