Alchemy is the transformation of one substance into another, particularly lead into gold; a spiritual, mystical and physical experience for the alchemist.
Nature is the ultimate alchemist, transforming through her cycle of the seasons – most notably in the trees. After the leaves drop to the ground, their colours seems to slowly meld with the tones of the earth beneath them, changing from rich golds and crimson to bronze, then brown. They are then recycled from the soil and back into Gold.
I was playing with the idea of making a ‘painting’ of the Muskoka forest floor in gold, silver and bronze paints. This painting took hours to first mold the leaves and a week to dry them. I added layer after layer of paint to create the effects of both nature and metal. Of all the paintings in this early combination of abstracts and realism in mixed media – this one was by far my favourite. It was the very first painting that I sold.