Can you tell me about the process of making your work?
Since moving my studio to Shawnigan Lake, BC, all my paintings start as field studies made out on the water. My canoe has become my most important painting tool, not only because it gives me access to places I can’t get to on foot, but also because it forces chance into the process. When I start a painting on the canoe, I’ll point the nose of the boat in a particular direction, either at a tree or an island or something, but over the duration of the painting, the composition continually changes as the canoe slowly moves. In this way, I am in constant collaboration with the environment. The wind and the water are making aesthetic choices on my behalf, showing me perspectives of the land I couldn’t have found on my own. There are basic compositional tricks I’m using in my paintings more frequently for things like proportion and space building, but this is just to give some structure for the shoreline to change as my canoe moves the painting up the lake. The compositions from these canoe studies become the framework for the larger paintings on canvas when I get back in the studio.