Closing Reception: July 15th, 2012
At UAS +15 Gallery
"Snapshots from the Garden is a collection developed from a fascination with the camera and my passion for gardening. It is about the fleeting moment of simple beauty and the attempt to capture it for enduring enjoyment. The oil paintings originate from close-up photography and an ensuing fascination with depth of field. The blur and clarity that emerge from the scrutiny of the camera not only intrigue me but also provide a greater insight into how we interpret the world around us; it seems confusion reveals certainty. The drawings are pocket-sized keepsakes, tiny vignettes of seasonal treasures. And, the mixed media paintings are a personal rendering and reinterpretation of what the camera has captured. The work has become an authentic reflection of my environment in the most realistic terms.
I have always been drawn to the landscape and, in my practice, concerned with its place in contemporary Canadian art; as a result, much of my work embraces both conceptual and material experimentation where I look for the unexpected but respect the traditions that comprise landscape genre. My aim is to provide a transcendent sense of nature that is recognizable but not always understood; the work is intended to innervate a sense of place rather than merely impart an image."