There is a process of self-discovery in my art making. Not only am I learning more about my art materials each time I use them, but I’m also learning about the subject I am painting. The majority of my art focuses on nature as a subject matter. As I paint a spot in the forest, a view of the ocean etc, I learn more about the place I paint. I learn about how things are situated, where the light peeks in through trees or bounces off the surface of the ocean at different angles. I learn about the proportion of some plants, hills, mountains in comparison with other aspects of the landscape. I observe colours and the way they change based on light and seasons.
I love the relationship I form with my subject matter. It’s easy to fall in love with the places I travel in my art as I create. Art making is an intimate process. I take my time, stay with my subject, stay with my art, work with my materials. We experience a range of emotions within a piece, we work out challenges, see frustration and elation.
And then the reflection, I sit with my pieces and wonder. I analyze and sometimes wonder how we, the piece and I, got to this place. The pieces are a feeling, a thought, an observation, a piece of time. They are a communication expressed in a language, and in materials, and with tools.
The process of being inspired, creating and reflection is a process of self-discovery. Something unexpected, when creating art, is an understanding of how deeply I love this earth, nature, the trees, water, rocks, organisms that exist within it all. How I want a relationship with this earth, respect, care and co-existing with a consciousness that seems easily lost when living in a detached society. A reminder that I want to keep travelling through preserved areas of this earth and that I want to continue to create art pieces of these travels.