Cancer & Canada are the initial impetus behind the Souvenir series. During a recent artist residency on the Toronto Islands I wanted to reconnect to the country where I grew up, through working from the landscape. Meanwhile -on the mainland- my best friend was lying in a hospital fighting the battle of his life.
Looking at fallen trees and tree stumps, I begin each painting in a formal way and then create a landscape within these formations from the woods. Some are quite abstract or take on bodily, organ-like shapes. Others seem to form a shelter, in an attempt to keep it -the landscape- together.
Sometimes a palm replaces a pine, as if referencing a memorable vacation spot, maybe the only way I now connect with Canada - a souvenir of the past. These landscapes could be anywhere, and are perhaps more about heartache and the loss of looking forward.