At the core of my practice is explorations into the natural environment and the beings residing here on BC’s West Coast. Paintings is my means of exploring light and colour’s abilities to capture memories and encounters between the landscape, wildlife and ourselves. Memory, impression, perception, presence and absence, attraction and abjection, understanding and misunderstanding are all part of these connections within nature. Having lived on the west coast for my whole life, I have found myself neglecting to recognize the incredible environment I am so fortunate to reside in, and the appreciation, attention and care that this environment needs and deserves from us.
My inquires into the natural environment seed further inquiries into the human condition and how we behave in relation to nature and one another. My considerations include personal relationships to family, friends, nature, objects, sensations, body and self. These explorations address the elements that construct connections, identities, perceptions, physical and emotional impressions, and the role of memory within each of these.
One outcome of this research is the realization of how crucial memory is within each exploration of identity. Memory is incredibly intricate and complex, created from happiness, tragedy, fear, nature, and other physical and emotional sensations. Memories are also perceptions. They do not entirely exist, but are perceived into being. Memories may be easily recalled, or reveal themselves through disparate fragmentation. They may be consciously considered, or exist subconsciously on the edge of our periphery. How we remember people, nature, objects, and moments is about how we think and who we are. Memory is in a constant dialogue with human nature – feeding off, creating and nurturing one another in a complex reciprocity.