The family cabins are an important part of my personal history. I paint these places of my upbringing to better understand why I see the world as I do today. The cabins offered a pause to the turmoil of life during the hot summer months on Lake Winnipeg, Canada. When I started to paint them, I did so with the mindset that if I didn't look back to my past, I would never be able to move forward as an artist. My deep need for reflection was further intensified by the sudden loss of my father shortly after the series began, in 2017. This event forced me into a new place where I no longer felt any sense of control. That is when my relationship with the paint changed. Overnight, we had traded places and for the first time, I was no longer the driver.
Painting requires dedication to continuously hone my skills and build my knowledge. Looking to art history is an important aspect of my practice because it establishes a valid context for my work. I take my inspirational cues from Bonnard, Degas, Diebenkorn, Hammershoi, Hopper, Katz, Matisse, Porter, Vuillard and others.
Pictured: Detail of Amma's Kitchen, oil on canvas, 36x48in.