The Light at the Edge of the Forest was painted on a primed birch panel that is 18” x 24” (46 cm x 61 cm). I’ve painted a similar forest scene a few years ago and I wanted to revisit the subject, to see how far I can push the lights and shadows – to create a sense of mood or drama. I didn’t want to repaint the scene exactly so I’ve made a few changes to the composition along the way.
The trees, cast shadows and light were what inspired me to create The Light at the Edge of the Forest.
There’s a ravine that I love to frequent close by my home that’s just teeming with life. The trees are densely packed together and is home to life, several species of birds, deer, foxes, coyotes and other small animals. Not to mention the varying species of trees and naturally growing herbs. In this place I feel grounded. Here I’m deep in thought and I’m entranced by the light that bounces off the leaves casting a kaleidoscope of shadows on the forest floor. And then as I get close to the edge of the forest, I emerge refreshed and inspired to continue creating works that will move and inspire others.
This work is part of the Wild Imperfections series.
From the Sketchbook (July 2019 – ) features preliminary drawing and painting studies on paper. One thing I believe is there is always something new to learn and the sketch book is where everything begins – ideas for future paintings, new techniques, inner thoughts and ramblings. For me being an fine artist is a vocation in life, one where you are continuously learning – about life, yourself and how you visualize the world.
The Song Never Ends (January 2008 – March 2010) is a compilation of atmospheric spaces, which I like to revisit every now and then. This is where I like to play with washes of colour. Nature is my muse and through my work, I communicate my love for her. The arrangement of organic structures, heightened colours and artificial skies meld together, rejuvenating life for a new existence. Once transformed, these spaces become timeless monuments, and any historical reference they might have had is just a passing memory. The softness and subtleties of colours in contrast to the harshness of dark lines of various thicknesses are techniques inspired from my drawing practice.