Thematically, my work reflects my fascination with the complex interconnections we have with both our natural and our created landscape.
My paintings are a personal engagement with a part of the world where people have a strong sense of both community and continuity but where interactions with nature, both individually and collectively, have never been easy. The over-riding sense of 'place' in my work encourages viewers to reflect upon and question our historical, cultural and present-day responses to our environment.
Like many other Atlantic Canadian artists, I have chosen to work in “the realist tradition”. While many may see this as a constraint, I have been able to push and pull the boundaries of this style to suit my personal vision. As a student, my focus was on print-making. My paintings still possess a linear quality reminiscent of a print maker and I still build colour in layers to achieve subtleties of tone and colour temperature that add depth and luminosity to my work. I am always trying to uncover and highlight the magical effects of light, shadow, texture, tone, depth and colour. Most recently the addition of oil paint to the acrylic base of my paintings enhances their spatial complexities.
I feel that it is important for an artist to create works that engage the viewer in a shared and meaningful visual experience. While I paint a particular object, landscape, street scene or architectural detail, I hope that those who see the painting will share my affinity and appreciation for all of our rich natural and 'built' heritage.
Throughout my thirty-year career as a visual artist I have been keenly aware of a strong sense of place and belonging, both to my native city of Saint John, New Brunswick and to Newfoundland where I lived for a time. When I paint, I am motivated by this sense of being connected and with the strong belief that we must constantly look at the world around us with new eyes and fresh perspectives. I want people to see something I have painted and say, "Oh, Wow ! I never really saw it that way before."