Some of the most frequent questions I’m asked are “What’s your process?", "What is your inspiration?" Here are a few of my answers.

Inspiration

Nature is my greatest inspiration. When I’m in my studio, I revisit places I've been in my mind, and the paintings become an interpretation of my experiences. With these reimagined landscapes, I want each person to view their own ideas of place and experiences they've had.

Abstracting the Landscape

With intention, my paintings suggest, rather than tell, a specific story. Some paintings might include representational elements, but I often strive to hint at certain shape or colour. I challenge myself to filter and simplify what I see and paint, to push objects and colour to abstraction.

Mediums

The majority of my work is created using oil paint, dry pigments, charcoal, ash, and mediums such as Cold Wax, Galkyd, Galkyd Gel, and Gamsol. Each painting is created by slowly adding texture as paint is applied, wiped away, scraped, and scratched. 

My paintings contain many layers, switching between transparent and opaque pigments, and cool and warm colors to provide visual interest. By using various mediums with the paint I’m able to create unique marks on the surface.

Some of my recent paintings are expressionist abstracts which are created using acrylic paint either on wood panel or canvas.

Brushes & Tools

Texture and abstraction are the main focus of my work, so I'm constantly experimenting with tools and techniques to achieve interesting surfaces. I use silicone bowl scrapers, palette knives, brushes and other tools such as bamboo skewers and brayers to apply, scrape, wipe and remove layers of paint, creating texture as I build each painting. I collect a variety of everyday objects to use as stamps and stencils to press into the oil & cold wax which creates shapes on the surface. These can be as simple as bubble wrap, cardboard, embossed wallpaper, tissue paper, and string. 

Supports

When painting with oil & cold wax, I always use birch panels or Arches acid-free oil paper. The wood panels allow for scraping, scratching, and vigorous rubbing of the surface with no damage to the support. My acrylic paintings are mainly created on stretched canvas. 

This is just quick overview of my answers about the way that I use materials, tools and techniques. I share more about this in my private one-on-one workshops in my studio in Elora, Ontario, Canada. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact me and we can discuss a future workshop to help you learn, explore and create.

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