Beech Tree in Quebec
Watercolour on Yupo
27 x 46 inches
I fought with this painting, Beech Tree in Quebec for a number of months. It is more realistic than recent works on yupo paper. I realized when my brother died last December that I had been involved for months with the painting as metaphor for my brother’s mercurial life. He was glorious and even in decline he shone bright and fierce. This painting reminds me of his vivid character and I enjoy wonderful memories.
I worked on yupo paper using a palette of Daniel Smith sedimenting pigments and a well used triad from Lucas.
About the Artist
After attending OCA, I spent 30 years exploring watercolour, which has always been my primary medium. My studio is in Creemore. This is where I translate my en plein air painting forays around Creemore or from a canoe in northern Ontario. Preoccupations change by the season but always my compulsion is to capture light and value. Usually landscapes, my work has strayed far from close rendition.
Five years ago I started experimenting with different substrates other than Fabriano: canvas, japanese paper, terraskin and yupo paper. Yupo paper affords me a seemingly unlimited ability to create and recreate. I can work on large pieces and push colours and textures, change direction and ultimately find the sweet spots I want in my work.
Ultimately my aim is to evoke a feeling of empathy for the zen garden that we live in.