Purdy Lake Sentinels
The painting was created after reviewing a series of photographs taken over several days of explorations along the shores of this small lake near Maynooth, Ontario in late summer, 2009. The style and its size reflect my current interest in interpreting nature’s features within an exploratory, responsive manner leaning towards abstraction. The long size of the work creates the sense that one is viewing this shore scene from a canoe. The two white trees on this small section of shore line have strong sculptural qualities; they stand as ancient guardians of the lush growth and the massive rocks deposited there during the last ice age. The gold leaf in the side panels reminds us that nature blesses us with her bounties, yet we are profligate and abusive in our exploitation of these.
Painting a realist’s interpretation of the world has been a vital aspect of my creative expression for more than forty years. For the greater portion of that time my preferred medium has been watercolour on paper, but today most of my work is the result of an invigorating exploration in the medium of oils and alkyds on canvas and, sometimes, on paper prepared with gesso. My work now often includes non-representational abstraction but within the realm of realist interpretations.