In April 2019, I was an Artist in Residence at the NES Artist Residency in Skagastrond, Iceland. It was an amazing experience and one I hope to repeat. The surrounding landscape was very dramatic, bold and in your face. Here is a snapshot of the land that inspired me through light and colour.
“Dreams & Nightmares” Day 7 Gala 2018 Preview
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The work is a conscious and physical exploration of line — the route of the Hurtigruten Line, with its network of boats traveling up and down the coast of Norway, the genealogical line and ties I have with Norway through my parents and ancestors and the lines of vertical brushstrokes and texture interfering with the landscape and ultimately asserting itself as subject. there is an accompanying catalogue with more information on the Hurtigruten Line and accompanying photographs. Enjoy! Sale Information.
The Northern Line Exhibition is now at the Dr. Paul H.T. Thorlakson Gallery, April 12 – May 24, 2016. Opening will be on Tuesday, April 26, 2:30-4:30. The gallery is located on 3rd floor, Elizabeth Dafoe Library in the Icelandic Reading Room. Hours:M-F – 8:30-4:30.LIV-Icelandic-poster-April2016
THE NORTHERN LINE
This body of work investigates the concept of mood painting and focuses on the Nordic summer night and the Norwegian arctic. Historically, mood paintings are a latter 19th century genre of Scandinavian landscape painting, which show a simplification of forms all blanketed in a diffused blue tonality –a special light found only at midsummer. I received funding to travel to Norway in June 2015 and sailed north along the coastline beyond the Arctic Circle, where I photographed and sketched the midnight sun and very unique light and landscape. These have subsequently been worked into larger paintings that range from recognizable landscapes to complete abstractions, during my sabbatical from the University of Manitoba. The work is also a conscious and physical exploration of line – the route of the Hurtigruten Line, with its network of boats traveling up and down the coast of Norway and the lines of vertical brushstrokes and texture “interfering” with the landscape and ultimately asserting itself as subject.
The Northern Line will run at the Piano Nobile Gallery, Centennial Concert Hall from March 1 – April 10, 2016. Most of the work in the exhibition is based on the June 2015 boat trip I took along the coast of Norway beyond the Arctic Circle, where I experienced the magnificent light of the mid summer night sun.
I have an exhibition of old and new work at Fleet Gallery, October 29 – November 15, 2014. Fleet is located at 65 Albert Street in the Exchange. My opening on 7 NOVEMBER, 7 – 10:30. pm.is part of FIRST FRIDAYS!