"Explore, Imagine, Create" is my artist philosophy. I strongly believe exploration in outdoor environments is critical for creative growth. Understanding the relationship between humans and nature is an important element in my work. From the colors, the scents, the textures and the sounds, I've found a sense of comfort and belonging in nature. Whether it's a vast expanse of farmland in Manitoba, or a scenic mountain range in British Columbia, I believe all landscapes radiate beauty in their own way.
Majority of my process is imagining elements of nature with a completely different aesthetic. What if a stream was compiled of shapes? What if an eagle's feathers were constructed solely of eagles? Surreal wonders like these drive my curiosity when I'm encapsulated by a space. Imagining an altered aesthetic challenges my mind to think beyond it's accustomed visual understanding and question the scene in view. In my work, I like to play with the idea of expectation versus imagination.
When I paint, I often use a photograph for reference. I use the photograph to draft the structural elements of the composition and from there, the photograph becomes obsolete. Once the sketch is complete, colour takes over! In my recent works, I use surreal, vibrant colour schemes rather than traditional landscape colour palettes.