Visual art, for me, is an escape giving me the freedom of discovery, play, learning, and experimentation. Iíve never been able to keep a journal or diary. Words fail, but the visual language sings with the emotions I canít otherwise express. I am not striving to capture reality in my images, I am striving to capture abstract thoughts, ideas, or moods. Whether I am working in paint or pixel, I treat art as a journey; and just like how I travel, every path is an adventure waiting to be discovered.
It is the images and stories of the western landscape, flora, fauna, and people, which inspire my paintings. I have always held a childlike fascination and passion for nature, the land, and stories of life back then, so these are the subjects I am most drawn to in my work. Vast open spaces and big skies, where the weather shapes the land; these landscapes are places where a personís thoughts have room to grow and the self becomes small in comparison to the grandeur of the universe.
Working mostly in oils, I often blur the line between impressionism and expressionism. I donít want to copy nature exactly, but a sense of emotion that will allow the viewers to create their own interpretation. I work with a limited palette, as I feel it helps create a more nostalgic feeling in the images. I favour the softer tones and quiet light, and prefer to paint in a smaller size to create a more intimate conversation between the work and viewer.