The closer to the Grave we go, the more we see with God”s eye, for like the pine tree from the cone, we see the purpose of things that grow from the smallest signs.-Keith Henderson
I have always had a strong interest in Modern/Contemporary artists such as Thomson, Harris, C. Gagnon, Van Gogh, Andrew Wyeth, Alex Colville and April Gornik. What draws me to these artists is their interest in the capture of light and shadow, movement and stillness, detail and the element of the spiritual within nature. One sees within their work, reverence for the elements of nature and an elusive something unseen beyond nature. What distinguishes their art is purposeful selection, the underlying consciousness, order, and judgement their sense of purposeful selection presupposes, the same unseen qualities that quicken their concept of nature. Such artists do not only hold the mirror to nature as William Shakespeare suggests, but reach outward to touch what Shakespeare called the divinity that shapes our end. My current series of paintings are worked in acrylic on canvas or water-colour. They focus on the haunting ephemeral quality of the land which surrounds my community and the transience of clouds touched by a mostly unseen transcendent, elemental power that will occasionally reveal itself in a spectacular display of light and shadow. The land is a living breathing thing, which has a spiritual quality which can be seen, if one has the eyes to see. As a practitioner of the art of High Realism, I value, above all, the ability of art to move me emotionally and mindfully. I make art that derives its power from being moved spiritually, that is intuitive, beautiful, art that represents intimations of immortality.