My unique approach to watercolour and to egg tempera is influenced by early 19th century British landscape artists and the cultural history of Canadian architecture.
I use a precise, stylized examination of architectural elements in the landscape, and combine this with the fundamentals of the “Romantic” composition.
The result is often brooding and dark, but at the same time, strangely inviting.
I employ a traditional “British” approach to the watercolour medium that also translates well to egg tempera. Small areas of thin transparent layers are applied,
and depth of colour and shadow are built up by layering to a desired intensity and detail. My watercolour technique is also incorporated into paintings done on old
weathered slate roof tiles salvaged from buildings whose silhouettes once dominated the skyline of our urban environment.
The natural staining and weathering of the stone comes through the transparent mediums and dictates the composition.
My inspiration? Old Ontario. I have always been “drawn” to architecture and structure in the landscape. I find myself, wherever I am, seeking out those relics
that tell a tale of what came before, and what still endures despite the way the landscape or cityscape around us constantly changes.