While still working full-time as a graphic designer early in the last decade, I took some classes in stained glass, copper foil method. Being a designer, I was quick to start creating my own patterns. Within a couple of years I was asked to participate in and curate a show in stained glass. A few of the pieces I made for that show were heavily influenced by Emily Carr‘s style of painting. Emily’s paintings made the forest feel alive and dynamic, much how it ‘feels’ to be in the trees. The variety of colours from the yellow-green to the blue-green, oranges, browns and golds showed the forest in its richest cloak. I wanted to try and capture that with Light.
The model for “River Guardian” was a tree on the side of the Muskoka River at High Falls. It was one of those trees that leaned toward the rushing river and held the bank in place. It was early Spring and there was a light mist coming off the fast moving water. The coppers and bronzes of fallen needles contrasted sharply with the evergreens.
I won an award for stained glass in 2002 for “Emily’s Forest” a design inspired by Emily Carr’s painting, “Wood Interior”. It is a design that has inspired other artists to translate this painting in glass.
“Winter Moon” was one of the last pieces I executed before turning to painting. It was completely imaginary, with a full moon made from pearlescent glass and solid metal tree trunks of textured zinc.
Stylistically, my glass is a million miles away from my painting. It is a difference I cannot begin to explain other than the media spoke to me in such different ways. In the coming posts, I’ll introduce some more of my early paintings. For me, this is a way to look back over where I have come to perhaps help me see where I might want to go. I am hoping you will join me on the journey!
I have returned to the Small Paintings blog I had started last year and re-purposed it. It is now called “Explorations“. It will have some less formal posts on inspiration, stories and events that get into my head, as well as sketches and other creative work outside the scope of “Artscapes”. Feel free to join me there from time to time!