My calling as a painter is to explore and exalt the beauty and goodness of creation. I am fully aware that the art academics and critics embrace an industry driven by cleverness, shock, social commentary and pontification. That's fine, its a big world with room for all of us. As for me I will follow and attempt to climb upon the shoulders of Sargent, Sorolla, Metcalf, Waugh and all the Great Painters in the tradition of representational art. In Beauty we find a bit of Truth, a glimpse into the heart of our Creator as well as tiny appreciation for the collective unity of all. My ambition is to create work that will occasionally inspire someone to see a little of the beauty, truth and unity in this amazing world.
Working through this piece I consider the vast power and fragility of this island. I see incredible natural beauty in the land and sea. I see industry sometimes behaving responsibly and other times recklessly jeopardizing the ecosystem as well as their own sustainability. In this case I gently insert a plea to anyone with eyes to see , handle this place carefully. Its ours to love or abuse.
I will post a sample of my process for those who requested that.
I call this "Petro- Economics (Not a zero-sum game)"
Until next time.
I am pleased to have my painting "Divine Compostion (Little Qualicum Falls)" included in The Old School House- My Canada 150 show. It seemed an appropriate piece to submit as the source of inspiration for this painting is situated a short drive away from the venue. Each of the 65 selected works represent the individual artists statement about "their" Canada. Held at TOSH in Qualcum Beach June 26 to Aug 7. Opening reception on June 28th at 2:00.