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From the Rooftop series
“Because I had lost my studio at the end of May 2021, I resolved to continue my painting outside on my rooftop deck. June and July were very hot and windy in Saskatoon. This had its challenges, which I solved with ice packs, hats and fewer clothes for the heat, and rocks to hold everything down. Despite these difficulties I made paintings, danced, reflected on my own, which given the restrictions of this time and the worrying weather, was my rebellion.”
From Birds series
“I began painting birds about four years ago after learning that 2.9 billion of them have been eliminated since the 1970s, in my lifetime. This disaster shocked me. That something so horrendous had escaped my notice really shook me up. It made me wonder what else I might be missing. Birds give such great joy and if my paintings can bring attention to their lives or help people understand their plight some small goal will be achieved.“
From Just Good Friends series
“Ronan and his dog Arlo bounced into my life in Pouch Cove, Newfoundland while I was doing a residency there. Ronan’s irresistible energy and his hat! was something I wanted to capture. His poodle dog Arlo has beautiful colouring and I couldn’t resist trying to get that down as well. “Blazing Dave” is a piece that shows the heat of a hike at Gem lakes in northern Saskatchewan that I did with Saskatchewan author Dave Carpenter. All he had was his umbrella and his hat to protect him from the blazing heat of that day, a heat that was higher and harder than any I have experienced yet on the prairies.”