Artist's Statement February 2018
I am a Victoria born painter and have been studying painting and drawing
since early childhood.
My understanding of nature is as a harmony of energies that must all work
together. The profusion and growth rhythms of flowers and plant life
create a visual music for me. I use organic elements such as water, earth,
rock, and botanical subjects to convey the vitality, flow, and movement of
the life force.
current work is in a transitional period and moving more towards local
west coast botanical subject matter. I continue to use chalk pastel to
create coloured line drawings of collected photo material and then use
acrylic paint and chalk pastel to render both line drawing and painting
work is inspired by all the botanical life around me. Remnants of desert
life are still a fascination in their complexity, intricacy, and diversity
of structure, shape and color. Our local Vancouver Island ecology with
itís ever changing seasons and itsí many varied plants from native to
introduced species provides endless interest. The many varied gardens and
trees both public and private, including Butchartís Gardens provide
continuous colourful and
exciting subject matter.
climate is changing and the human population is exploding and very unique
areas are being impacted up
and down the island and mainland of B.C. Hence my passion to paint some of
Husband of the Artist Statement:
As I walk through life, I pass by a multitude of marvelous and beautiful things. Kirsten stops; taking each moment as something precious that must be savored. And I, much later, have the opportunity to enjoy what I have passed by, and did not see.
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