Painting allows me to capture impressions of
places and moments. I paint landscapes
because they embody the impression of a
physical and real place. My paintings,
however, are not landscapes; rather, they
are impressions of places I have visited.
Nature provides more than enough colour and
texture. My job is to distill what I see, to
capture the essence.
Water is particularly challenging. It
changes, sometimes minute by minute and is,
like my canvas, a reflection of what
surrounds. I spent years observing and
photographing clouds. I donít paint them,
since they are already paintings in the sky.
They inspire my work but are not often the
Landscapes, the water, the sky Ė these are
macroscopic. In nature there are many orders
of magnitude. I paint what I see, so the
range of scale in my work is from the small
fern, clinging to a rock face, bubbles in
the sand - to the view over an entire
I like to work in acrylic and this is making
possible much larger pieces than my previous
work in watercolour. The challenge is to see
the entire work while it is coming together,
the result is rewarding. It is more
difficult to hang the larger works, as space
to view them and natural lighting is much
more important than with the smaller ones. I
prefer to do several studies at smaller
scale before attempting the larger
I also like to work with transparent and
translucent layers. Again, this comes from
my watercolour days but is encouraged by the
acrylic medium. A further horizon is
collage. I use found objects to provide a
third dimension to deliberately flat
Travel and exceptional experiences in places
well known are essential to me. I thrive on
the varia in nature, both wild and man-made.
Photographs, with their inherent
limitations, are valuable mnemonics. I also
like to collect brochures, literature cuts
and printed visual materials and spend hours
collating, inspecting and reviewing these
materials. My main inspiration, however, is
Eva Turkewitsch, Toronto, Canada, February
48'' x 36''
Acrylic on Canvas
'Aerial Cliffs #4'
30'' x 48''
Mixed Media Acrylic on Canvas
48'' x 72''
Mixed Media Acrylic