Nov. 1 to Dec. 15, 2014
I am a painter. It is difficult for me to define my work precisely, however I would say that it is inspired by my First Nations heritage. Many colleagues have told me that they think of my work as being very ‘Canadian.’ You may be suprised to discover that I consider this to be a compliment, as I am inspired by many Canadian painters; the work of Emily Carr, Daphne Odjig and the Group of Seven.
My painting is an attempt to capture the ineffable quality of spirit (manitouwabi in Ojibway) which can be perceived in all things. A spiritual connection to the land drives my work. My goal is to convey what I consider to be the transcendent aspects of ‘ordinary’ experience through colour and form in order to inspire others. I include Ojibway words in naming my paintings because they seem to further empathize and bridge the First Nations spiritual aspect in my work.