L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Saint Etienne, France
While primarily abstract, my paintings include symbolic representational subjects. Allusions to landscape and plant forms reflect my passion for nature and the environment. In my current series, I am exploring the Fleur de Lys as a point of departure for composition. Intensely personal, the Fleur de Lys refers to memories of my experience as a young art student in France. My adaptation of the Fleur de Lys is a further abstraction of the classic ancient symbol. Each painting in the series is limited to a select few elements – the Fleur de Lys motif, leaves and derivative shapes. In some of the more recent works, I incorporate a window, as if viewing a garden from indoors.
Integrity of line and composition are paramount concerns in my work. My imagery is drawn and painted freehand with graphite pencil and paintbrush, gauging spacing by sight instead of relying on measuring tools or other devices. Forgoing symmetry, I strive for a sense of balance with a degree of unpredictability. After constructing a motif, I gradually deconstruct it until it becomes unrecognizable. I employ a nuanced two-dimensional effect, building on multiple layers and finishing with a smooth patina.
I developed the foundation of my style and technique while attending art school in Canada and France, but my work is also greatly influenced by my formative years when I lived in the Bahamas. The undiluted light and colors of the sub-tropics infuse my palette. Surrealism, hard edge painting and geometric abstraction inform my approach.
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