before & after stories

Inspiration and Process

One of my mandates is to add beauty to the world. I have found poetry exists in the visual world in many ways.  Sometimes the words comes first and sometimes it comes after I work with a photograph or explore in mixed media. Below are a few of my stories. 

 

 

rebel garden

On a cold day in January I found a single pansy in full bloom, a wonderful bit of colour in Vancouver Island's winter. I transformed the pansy using Photoshop techniques to layer and enhance the image resulting in two different views of my rebel garden. From the resulting visuals I was moved to write.

rebel pansy

 

 
rebel garden 1

photo art
 

 

rebel garden 1

 

one pansy can be a garden
dance into many colours
grow into your space
join you to mine  

rebel garden 2

photo art
 

 

rebel garden 2

flowers kaleidoscope into tomorrow
variation is a line around us
circled back to the center
music coloured rhythm


odd day@the beach

mixed media on wood panel
8 x 8  1.5 inches

Word and Image are inseparable to me as an artist. Each transforms the other to a new resonance. In creating this piece I was struck by the concept of odd numbers and spontaneously wrote them into the landscape. This mixed media piece uses the texture of plaster offset with colour to emphasize the transformation of smooth ocean to stormy beach.

odd day@the beach
 
odd day@the beach

 

the sky tilts
today's ocean moves
mingles with sky
anoints the beach
pushes stones into new colours
textures the day with possibility
calls out your number


beauty and the beach

assemblage/mixed media on panel
24 x 12 x 1.5 inches 

There is so much beauty to be found while walking the beach. The tide gives, the tide takes and the landscape is constantly renewed and transformed.

 

 

beauty
and
the
beach

 

beauty and the beach

each turn of tide
each reach of wave
a reworking

beauty in many shapes
gifts from the Salish Sea