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Seeded During My Youth
I am a visual artist whose work is informed with the universal themes
that derive from our relationship to Nature: death, innocence, fertility,
sacrifice, the body in Nature, and the meaning of form in memory. This
work is driven by my need to express the emotional truth contained in
recurring visual memories, memories seeded during my youth passed in
Africa, Europe, Asia and finally Canada.
I have always cherished Nature, and I am powerfully drawn to trees.
My relation to trees was strengthened when I received a scholarship
to paint in the south of France. In Cagnes, I was moved tremendously
by the beautiful old olive trees. In the twisted configurations of their
ancient bodies, I could sense the spirit of the tree emerging in almost
human form. Each painting is for me the resolution of a persistent inner
moment that remains from my past.
have just returned from Macau, China where my works are being exhibited
in the Exhibition Gallery of the Civic
& Municipal Affairs Bureau, for a month. It was a great experience
with the place and the people of Macau. I have left great memories behind.
I am presently working on a series of 20 drawings, paintings and etchings
on canvas that are inspired by visual remembrances. These paintings
will go in the Gallerie de la ville (centre for the arts), Montreal,
PQ, September, 2003 for a solo exhibition.