The Time It Takes
Slow and steady wins the race. Nothing could be more true with this body of work as I've been forced to slow down to what feels like a snail's pace. Or, perhaps, a mushroom’s pace? The pace has been difficult, but well worth the reward of a completed series!
Mushrooms are curious things. Their lives are completely dependent on both living and dead organisms within their environment. I see this dependency reflected in my own life. Close relationships carry me through struggle and triumph, giving me the courage to push outside of my comfort zone. Experiences and dreams that feel "dead", fuelling new creative endeavours. All of these forces are constantly driving towards something redemptive and wonderful. Growth takes time, and you can't always see it coming. Just like fungus, which hide and wait most of the year, emerging only when perfect conditions are met. Waiting is hard, but when those perfect conditions hit, that hard work can burst into something beautiful.
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This series was a unique one in my artistic career. Venturing into new territory, I challenged myself by incorporating 3D sculptural and textural elements, creating depth and complexity in each piece. Departing from familiar canvas, I embraced clear-primed Belgian linen. These risks were challenging, and took time to flourish, but the results exceeded my expectations.
The journey of this series itself is a testament to its unique character; it has traversed diverse landscapes and settings. Originating in Sechelt, BC, these paintings have travelled to various forests and beaches, finally finding their completion amidst the tranquil beauty of my favourite forest, Golden Ears Provincial Park.