Spring Favourites is a collection of paintings created in Winter/Spring ‘15 in Calgary, Alberta. The artistic retorts to my environment. Having recently come home from Paris, France I can’t help but notice and appreciate the stark contrast between the two cities: One very old and mature, the other, new and youthful.
Calgary feels to me, like a city that is extremely eager to grow up and that will stop at nothing to do so. Everywhere I look there are signs of new urban developments: buildings, skyscrapers, bridges, and homes rising up at a break-neck pace. As a result, I became inspired to create paintings that look like they have some history and maturity to them. Paintings that “look old” - like they’ve been left outside and exposed to the elements. Imagine what the wind, rain, sun and snow would do to a work of art if it were left outside for a year? I aim to capture this with paint and mixed media.
The thought of introducing one of my paintings into one of Calgary’s ultra modern interiors - ripe with stainless steel and concrete - fills me with excitement. I delight in the juxtaposition. Perhaps even further, my paintings might also serve as gentle catalysts to the realization that everything ages, and that one of the few things we can depend on is the welcome passing of time.