Painting: Abstract Field

To us art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can be explored only by those willing to take the risk.1

I grew up on a small farm, enjoying the prairie sky and the stars, while the age of disco was coming to an end and mass consumerism was rapidly taking over. It was during this time that I daydreamed of fantastical landscapes, imagining any world other than my reality. Woven in between the somber compositions of these color-scapes is the the notion of landscape, the idea that you will see what you want within these vast, textured, painted scapes.

This work initially began in the mid 1990’s while I attended the visual art program at Red Deer College. Inspired by the Abstract Expressionists Rothko, Frankenthaler and Pollock, as well as enthralled with the textures of paint and its’ natural flow, I began to make these paintings by layering and mixing oil and acrylic paint together (a conservators’ nightmare). These paintings take 3 months to a full year to completely dry. I varnish the works once they are dry, and I acknowledge that they will likely not exist for hundreds of years.

  1. Joint statement with Adolph Gottlieb to Edwin A. Jewell, written primarily by Rothko, often referred to as a manifesto. (written 7 June 1943; published 13 June 1943 []