Just before leaving Fort McMurray, Heather and I did a walk in the Beacon Hill neighbourhood, exploring the burnt forest. This one blackened tree stump jumped out to me. I couldn't get it out of my head, so I put it on canvas.
A client asked me to paint a forest scene with a cabin in the background and bench in the foreground, based on an amazing photograph taken by her three year old daughter. A few years ago, I might have balked at this kind of request. As soon as it came in, this photograph grabbed me and I couldn't wait to bring it to life.
Early one morning, I snapped a photograph deep inside the Old MacLeod Trail that runs between the two hills that sit behind our property. The light was streaming in early in the day, giving it such a mystical quality. I decided to paint this one on a larger canvas to see what would happen. After getting it started, I decided to do a time lapse video of the second third of the journey.
While you may not notice at first, the painting still has a few of my "magic" colours, usually found in all of my paintings.
It's important to me that in exploring landscapes I try to express the natural world using my unique voice. In other words, I want you to be able to see my style in the finished product. It will fun to see where this intention takes me.