For as long as I can remember I have always been attracted to water and mountains. Working as a white water rafting guide in the Canadian Rockies allowed me to experience a deeper understanding of water as well as to form a very personal connection with the wild places I paint. My vision is to paint a more idealistic, harmonious and peaceful landscape that often portrays water in its many forms, from streams, rivers and lakes to snow fields and glaciers.
My acrylic paintings are painted on canvas usually in my studio. I use field studies in pencil and watercolour as well as photographic reference material that I have gathered from my personal experiences hiking and traveling to remote locations. I spend anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks to complete a picture.
I start each canvas with a coloured ground and then build the painting in layers of acrylic paint allowing the initial layers to blend and show through in places. The top layer will often use more robust directional strokes to accentuate and help give form to some areas. I like to work in a simplified representational style where I push the colour to reflect what I am feeling. It is my aspiration to share with the viewer the beauty I see in the places I visit, with a special emphasis on the Canadian landscape.