FOREST OF DISTANT DREAMS
mixed media, panel
18 x 60 in.
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"I've grown up with a wonderful ease and enjoyment from taking long nature walks and spending time on the water. The feelings of being grounded and expansive on these outings are so rich that it's easy to make spiritual associations to it. In trying to recreate these experiences, I attempt to capture the emotional memory of a place instead of a documentary style image. This allows for a scene to be coloured by our experience, highlighting some features while others fade away or meld into some other vague memory. In the way that our minds can fuse together different memories into one event, I've made most of my landscapes from different views along the journey, adding a path here, removing trees there. The glass-like coating of resin which seals my paintings adds to the dreamlike quality of the work."