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Artist Statement 

Artist Statement

My work revolves around earth-honouring images that reflect and instill connection to local bio-regions. These images internalize a reverence for the earth and shift the intent from harming the world to living in a mutually life enhancing manner.

After 30 years of painting from close observation of the forests, rocks and rivers, I feel I am no longer observing the natural world around me but rather, in a reversal of roles, the natural world seems to be observing me. Direct and spontaneous brushstrokes become intuitive movements that follow breath and echo emotional responses to this living breathing vitality. Through a dynamic energetic exchange I feel as though I am being held within an intelligent, sentient field that expresses itself through colors, shapes and movement. I am both humbled and awed by this process.

I learn what I need to know by painting. The more I paint the less separation there is between inner and outer ecologies which results in a linking of perceptions with the natural world where attempts to define or control are useless. For me, painting is like deep prayer awakening a reverence for the earth’s inner landscape; the image is in you and you are in the image. Painting is my breath, beauty my compass, and the earth my body.

     "Sometimes when I see some of your newer work paintings, I get a sense that you have gone to a higher level of expression or perhaps even experiencing some sense of transcendence that flows into the canvas as you paint. I have had this feeling on quite a few occasions over the last years that I have followed your work and journey. "
    I think you are surrounded by the sacred. It is incredible really."

~ Nancy Mills

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