Cosmic Landscapes

Being brought up on the shores of the mighty Lake Superior had a profound influence on me. I also love colour and some of my landscapes were showing up in unexpected other worldly shapes. The results developed into a series I called The Cosmic Landscape. Creating brightly coloured and richly textured shapes that evoke the universe that gives us what we need, THE COSMIC LANDSCAPE communicates my gratitude for that generosity.


Ghost Series

In the summer of 2015, I was reminded of the power of the forest fire by Emily  Carr's paintings at the AGO and by witnessing the devastation around Kelowna and in Glacier National Park, where 1000's of acres were destroyed.

But I also have witnessed the rejuvenation of the land after the fires. New life will not be held back. I call this series 'Ghosts' in homage to Carr's 'Screamers' and as a reminder that the regrowth is fed from the previous generations.



Grandma Series

My grandmother inspired me to develop this iconic image of feminine strength and resilience.She came to Canada from Finland in the 1920's and suffered hardship and despair as she carved out a life for herself and her two daughters.

This is how I felt as I walked behind her down the camp road in Northern Ontario. It symbolizes our unsung feminine heroes who continue to guide us.


Surprised Series

Whenever I go to the canvas or paper, I am often surprised by what appears. Sometimes I work up a series based on those surprises and sometimes they stand alone.



Collections

Here are some photos of some of my paintings in homes, offices and restaurants.