Whenever I've lost myself, I know that I can always walk out into nature to find my pieces again. She is always there like a mother ready to nurture my soul. Towering trees, delicate flowers, forest paths, tiny creatures, waves of the ocean, frozen ponds, swaying grasses, mountain trails, shadows in moonlight, wild creations, or warm sunlight. She is ever present.
And in her companionship, I find myself.
I've always found solace in nature. I know that I'm not alone in the need to go to nature to be healed. These quiet moments of self reflection as we are out roaming the vast landscapes of this beautiful planet are a universal experience. In the quiet and beauty of nature we can hear our soul speak to us. Nature reflects back to us the qualities we both want and need to possess within our own selves
During my walks in nature's arms, I've found comfort in the landscapes through which I've walked. These landscapes have found themselves onto my canvases and were the beginning of my journey back into expressing my emotions through paint. As I walked through a dark season in life, I felt the need to express the emotions I experienced in a more raw manner through painting the landscapes of the human face and telling our stories through portraits. A healing occurred as I painted the emotions of each stage of pain and healing that I went through. I would sometimes find myself writing furiously while I sat by a quiet lake near my home. My journal the spring board for the next painting I felt compelled to create. A passion arose for capturing the human experience of those who at one time or another had also journeyed through the darkness.
No more poignant a year than 2020 to remind us that we all walk in darkness at one point or another. These last several months as I've watch our stories unfold, I have seen that nature is where we turn to time and again to heal our souls.
For this reason, it feels fitting to re-release prints and cards captured from landscapes near my home here in Canada. These pieces were a healing to me as I painted the feeling of freedom found in the vast open fields, the unique colors of each season, and the embrace of nature's peaceful presence.
May these pieces bring you calm and nurture your souls the way the tranquility of nature always soothes mine.