Joy To the World I
Acrylic on canvas
48 x 48 inches
This painting depicts joy in the Boreal forest as seen through the eyes of a baby. The animals, birds, and insects speak to wonder in the natural environment and the joy a baby has in discovering nature, particularly the Boreal forest. But there is an ominous threat. Is that the sun or is that a mushroom cloud? The mushroom cloud symbolizes the negative in man’s own actions quite apart from the Boreal forest. The startled look in the bears’ eyes is revealing.
About the Artist
I was raised in Kirkland Lake, ON. After attending university to study fine art and geology, in Toronto, Ottawa and Sudbury, I worked in mining exploration and surveying industries, while maintaining a home studio for painting and printmaking. In the early 1980’s I lived in British Columbia where I continued painting and took a teaching certificate through Simon Fraser University, doing my first practicum with the Indigenous people in Kamloops, B.C. I now live on Kenogami Lake in Northern Ontario where I spend time between my studio and the barn caring for my horses. My paintings reflect my interest in the environment, climate change, animals, the Boreal forest, and in the people I have met along the way. My view point is from under the North Star, reflecting my Finn and French Canadian heritage and my home in the Boreal forest. I am married with one son, a daughter-in-law and two grandsons.