west coast, with its unique climate and wild character,
lends itself to artists seeking to express the forces of nature in their
artwork. Trees and rocks have been scoured by wind and water in ways that
provide a metaphor for the way in which people have been shaped by equivalent
influences. The paths people take in their lives reflect their ability to
understand and relate to patterns in their environment. Art should reflect these
designs and it is with this metaphorical knowledge that I approach my artwork.
My travels to different countries and, in particular, Afghanistan has given me
perspective on what various cultures choose to value in life.
The interrelationship between land, sea and sky along the West Coast of
BC involves patterns which when exaggerated allow for striking artistic images
of these metaphors. These are accomplished by the careful design of my artwork
before I start painting.
My art reflects the
belief that our senses reveal only a shadow of what we truly experience. Rather
than painting to convey an emotional state like most expressionist painters, I
instead attempt to paint the portion of nature a photograph cannot capture.
The painting of representational pieces led
me to realize that the true joy in producing a painting comes not from the
accurate copying of an object but rather from the letting go and producing what
is actually there. Rather than imposing my emotional state on nature I prefer
the art of "actualism" whereby the actual nature of a scene is
provide a means of linking our real physical world to our senses. While
generally out of favour in the art community, this environment around us is the
single most important input to our senses everyday. Understanding how this
“scenery” affects us should be an essential part of the artist’s striving.
"To my mind there must be, at the bottom of it all,
not an equation, but an utterly simple idea.
And to me that idea, when we finally discover it,
will be so compelling, so inevitable, that we will say to one another,
"Oh, how beautiful!
How could it have been otherwise?""
- John Archibald Wheeler
“Day and Night, the Sea
keeps on churning the foam. You behold the foam but not the Sea—How strange.
the foam like shape move without waves? How can dust rise to the zenith without
Before the painter and brush, the picture is helpless
and shackled like a child in the womb. The picture derives its movement only
from the painter’s brush, the compass’ foot revolves around the point.”
“Colourlessness is the root of colours, picturelessness
the root of pictures, wordlessness the root of words and the mine the root of
coins- so behold!
Thousands of colours have come from the vat, which transcends blue and
Form comes into existence from the formless, just as smoke is born from fire.”
“This world is maintained by imagination. You call it “reality”, since it
can be seen and perceived, and those meanings of which the world is an offshoot
you call “imagination”. The true situation is the reverse. The imagination
is this world itself, for that meaning brings into existence a hundred worlds
like this, and they rot and disintegrate and become naught. Then it produces a
new world and better…”
Rumi translated by W. C. Chittick (The Sufi Path of Love, State University of
New York Press, Albany, 1983).
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