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The vast, silent plains of western Canada, where I was born and raised, inform both my life and work. As a child I felt the numinous in all that emptiness and I yearn for this connection still.

My paintings hover in the space between romantic landscape and weathered industrial artifact. Dwelling in limbo, each marks the spot where nostalgia collides with fact, where celebration and elegy converge.

From a distance the paintings present land, sky and nothing more. Held up to the turbulent flux of the mechanized world, they offer refuge. As one draws near, however, bucolic illusion becomes fugitive: deep space collapses to surface; distant horizon reverts to paint, pitted and scoured; serene haven, glimpsed as if on film, old, grainy and scratched, dissolves to abstraction.

In the post-modern age, the once-solid world is rendered mirage. External reality is intellectual construct flung outward. We occupy not the world, but our own shimmering projections. The natural sanctuary I seemingly inhabited as a child, and yearn for still, doesn’t exist. My work reflects this dilemma.

 

 

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