My paintings are an interpretation of what is before me. Using colour and seeing space in an abstract way allows me to lose detail and reduce subjects into beautiful shapes. At times, I will use photo reference as a starting point for a painting or paint a still life arrangement. Then there are days when outdoor painting is the only way to capture nature at its finest and that could mean painting in cold, wind, rain and or heat. These days are very memorable and always produce a very different painting over a studio painting.
A rocky path is leading down to the river’s edge on a peaceful day. This painting depicts a “grand” view. It shows the beauty and calmness of the river with a backdrop of old trees on a hill in the Breslau area. This is another past and present memory of the Grand River for me.
Construction in Breslau is booming. Houses can now be found very close to the Grand River. When I grew up Breslau, the water seemed far away. This painting shows roof tops peeking out among the trees lining the river – something you didn’t see until recently.