Inspired by Textile
This recent painting reflects my love of textile. I’m inspired by traditional fabric and have developed an unusual collection during my travels.
The theme of my big studio project, Sewing Lessons, is the metaphoric thread that leads through my recent works on canvas. It’s only recently that I’ve noticed and acknowledged this strong connection. I’ve given myself permission to enjoy the conversation on canvas.
Sewing Lessons is a large body of work that encompasses printmaking, painting, photography, and print installation. It’s been in the works for about four years. I’m now preparing to showcase my labours at Xchanges Gallery, Victoria, in May 2019. The print work will be on display in Burnaby at the Burnaby Art Gallery in their satellite space, at Bob Prittie Library, 2nd floor, Metrotown, starting in March 2019.
In the paintings that follow, I use pumice to create texture and carve into the surface. I’ve been working on this piece for a year. This is the third iteration, and it’s finally done. It lay dormant, and hung where I could see it everyday. Putting Smile aside in the spring, I worked on prints and sculpture for Sewing Lessons. Last month it went back on the easel for final touches.
Smile 2018 36 x 48 ” acrylic and pumice on canvas
Below is more work taking a cue from textile.
Verge 2015 36 x 48″ acrylic and pumice on canvas
The Blues 2014 36 x 48″ acrylic and pumice on canvas
Off Macaulay Point 2012 36 x 36″ acrylic and pumice on canvas
Big Red 2013 36 x 48″ acrylic and pumice on canvas
I plan to start another canvas immediately. I’m energized by my new approach to the work, appreciating the strong link between the tradition of fine textiles and my painting.