The landscape has always been important to me.  In my childhood, I spent all summer, every summer, as well as almost every weekend throughout the year, at several different family homes in rural Nova Scotia. 


I spent days alone wandering the fields, woods and shorelines of those places, developing a very strong attachment to them. The landscapes became almost like people, who I got to know better and better as each year passed.  I still feel that same connection to the landscape, and although those particular places are all gone now, I spend much time exploring, and trying to find new ones.  I am always searching for that same feeling of connection and belonging, of places that somehow feel familiar to the ones from my childhood- whether they look the same or not. 


It is to capture that feeling, when it happens, that I am drawn to paint the landscape. I want to make permanent and solid that fleeting feeling of connection, I have in a moment in one particular place.


The challenge for me is not only to capture what a place looks like but also to have a relationship with the painting as I am making it.  I don’t start with an exact idea of what the painting will be when I am finished.  All I know is what I want it to feel like- and I never really know how that will come about.


I almost always do my paintings in one go- one session in the studio.  This is to allow for clarity in purpose, but also to give the work a sense of immediacy.  I want the paintings to be direct and fluid.  There is a fine line between overworked, unfinished, and resolved paintings, and I am always trying to find that balance.