I have always had an interest in landscapes. As a teenager, I painted on my bedroom wall what I entitled, my window with a view. My actual window view was of my neighbour’s window, not particularly interesting. I wanted to look at something inspiring. So in my attempt at the Impressionist style, I painted a window with a scene of lovely greenery, a weeping willow tree, and a flowing stream. It wasn’t good. My parents still have yet to paint over it though, so someone liked it!
After University, I went towards abstraction, as most of my teachers encouraged it. Though, even as an abstract painter you can see the landscape influence. Most of my abstract work was inspired by – well, things I was interested in. I’ve had an interest in rock and rust, and really cool colour combinations and texture. I’ve painted abstract works, inspired by the cave paintings of Lascaux. A trip to Peggy’s Cove in 2008 inspired a whole series of close up granite rocks paintings. There were times when the abstract expressed emotions that were difficult, for instance my painting from 2008 entitled “Lovelife”, nuff said. I often used painting as personal therapy, at times, it was the only thing I could do to give this headspace of mine some peace.
In the past few years I’ve found myself moving away from abstraction to painting actual landscapes. It started a couple of years ago, when I implemented a morning routine of doing things I enjoy – stuff that gave me an energy boost. One of those things was to sketch for 15–20 minutes. My sketching subject matter became photos from my honeymoon in Tuscany. From there, I relived those landscapes in memory and in paint. My landscapes are expressions of my memories. That being said, thank you for visiting my Gallery R and I would like to invite you to look at my art journey.