Silver Anniversary Exhibition Preview
Join the artist for this milestone 25th annual exhibition of 25 new architectural, landscape and still life paintings inspired by 25 years of travelling abroad and at home in Canada.
November 8, 2018| Fairmont Hotel Macdonald Hotel, Edmonton Ab. | 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
One painting will be previewed here each month leading up to the exhibition for a total of 6.
Next preview: November 1
Watercolour | 2 4 x 42" (38 x 54" framed)
The first major trip that inspired my architectural paintings was to New Orleans, and my 1997 exhibition was largely based on its historic architecture and gardens. This year we returned to the 300 year old city, (with the same friends as in 1997) and it seemed fitting somehow to celebrate my 25th annual exhibition with a painting that reflects this influence. This Creole mansion on St. Louis street was built in 1831, and with its 16 ft. ceilings is a cool refuge from the humid, sultry and bustling French Quarter. The antique furniture is original to the house, the view outside is inspired by the lush foliage and gracious verandas of the garden district, and I introduced the Venetian mask as a symbol of Mardi Gras and the French roots of the city, and as one of my favourite still life subjects.
Watercolour | 17x 29" (31 x 43" framed)
Part of the University of Glasgow, the Hunterian Museum is a Gothic revival building filled with light from the repetition of tall windows. The heavy cast iron mullions frame and contrast with the view beyond the window of the dramatic Gilbert Scott tower, built during the Scottish Enlightenment. Education, facts and history are taking a hit these days, and I admire those who work to archive and promote knowledge - to enlighten. Universities are a key example.) On a lighter note, the whole scene feels slightly magical and very Harry Potter - apparently the university inspired J.K. Rowling's Hogwarts. The counterpoints of stone and light, iron and sky, interior and exterior are characteristic of Scotland for me; and the window begs to be opened to let in fragrant spring air , sounds - ideas maybe.
Watercolour | 16 x 29" (30 x 43" framed) | Watercolour
Preview #3 for "Silver, 25th Anniversary Exhibition"
While skiing with friends at Islet Lake last year, we witnessed these remarkably long shadows created by the late afternoon sun and the tall dark evergreens on the islet. I strengthened the golden hues by contrasting cooler lilac & ultramarine tones. Rich blacks create a graphic quality against the smooth undulating shapes in the snow. It seems as if the bulrushes are all watching in delight, basking in the warm light, as were we.
14 x 14" (23 x 23" framed) | Charcoal on Aquaboard
In 2011, I was fortunate to have been commissioned to do a painting of the Archbasilica St. John of Lateran in Rome. Over a period of 10 days, I visited and revisited the basilica to understand the space, a bit of its history, and the angles of light and shadow that would best suit the painting. During that time, I had time to explore the surrounding architecture and was particularly drawn to the Lateran Baptistry founded in 440 A.D. with its elegant octagonal structure, porphyry columns and marble Corinthian capitals. This single capital was just catching afternoon light filtered through leaded glass, giving the effect of Rembrandt portrait lighting, but on stone. - smitten I was. My slightly looser style here emphasizes the texture of age, while the use of black and white distills the essence and graphic quality of structure and portrays a certain timelessness.
Watercolour | 36 x 20” (50 x 34” framed)
Venice had me enthralled the minute we stepped onto a vaporetto to get from the mainland to the storied city, and it is always a joyous thing for me to revisit it in paint. Gondolas are a part of the city's allure, and remind me of proud and graceful black swans floating silently through the labyrinth of canals. Early in the morning they are all lined up silently awaiting the day's excursions. Water laps gently and reflects the riot of colours awakened by the morning sun and hints at the Gothic palaces across the canal.