For me, the landscape is a felt experience, encountered in the flesh in nature then recreated in the quiet of my studio. The landscape that defines me, is in my mind – a sense of place and infinite space. It is the big sky, the light, the silence that is remembered. This feeling was reinforced by my living in Southern Alberta and Central Washington State as well as my Australian travels and now for many years of living at the edge of the Pacific Ocean.
The prairie is quiet, gentle and unassuming with fleeting moments of drama – blizzards, dust storms, lightning, overarching skies. A place where distances feel more like a challenge than a hindrance. I paint not only what I’ve seen before me, but also what I see within me. I strongly believe landscape can be a worthy subject for a contemporary painter.