Spanish philosopher Jose Ortega y Gasset once said,
"Tell me the landscape in which you live, and I will tell you who you are."
A strong 'sense of place' underlies my artistic expression. My feelings of attachment to, and growing appreciation for, the particular geography, geology, flora, fauna, history and culture of New Brunswick have been enlarged by my interactions with its landscape. My paintings and prints are personal artistic responses to these experiences.
My paintings are not imaginary or metaphoric but are rather literal studies that attempt to capture the powerful and resonant reality of my East Coast experience. While often drawing on elements from the past, my paintings are accurate portrayals of a particular moment in time. By capturing this seemingly immutable present, my paintings also hint at the uncertain consequences brought on by the changes that inevitably happen to a place over time. The unspoken question they raise is: What will this place be like in ten, fifteen, fifty, or a hundred years?
The two questions we should ask of any strong landscape are these:
Firstly, what do I know when I am in this place that I know nowhere else?
And then, vainly, what does this place know of me that I cannot know of myself?
- Robert Macfarlane, The Old Ways – A Journey on Foot