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 the cabins, I did so with the mindset that if I didn't look back I would never be able to move forward as an artist. My deep need to reflect upon my past was punctuated by the sudden loss of my father shortly after the series began, in 2017.
Painting requires dedication to continuously hone my skills and knowledge. Looking to art history is an important aspect of my practice because it establishes an accurate context for my time and the things I'm making. 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.