You are invited to Life on The Rock

"Life On The Rock"

The Studio Cafe

1089 Somerset Street West, Ottawa

About this show

Watercolours & Oils of Newfoundland

 “Life on The Rock” is the double entendre referring to both the nickname given to the province of Newfoundland but also the actual micro-universe that lives on a rock. A body of work created in homage to my  journey to and experience in Newfoundland in September of 2013.

Its wild and rugged landscape has a unique ecosystem that varies extremely from region to region. With that comes an earthy palette so varied I near got whiplash straining to take in everything I could during my drive from St.John’s to the studio in Trinity, even in September. Treed, dense vegetation in one window and jagged outcrops of rocks painted with bright autumnal tundra.  Of particular beauty is the Trepassey area (along the Irish Loop). Where once it supported one of the worlds largest roaming caribou herds, after a devastating parasite now it has diminished to only a few hundred, heart broken I knew immediately I wished to paint images to tell this story. I was also fascinated by the geology  - from the grandiose scale of a single monolith to the tiniest pebbles, to the thinnest blood red shale. "

The piece entitled “The Weight of a Stone” (click for video)  is from an image I took on a 4 hour hike through Butter Pot Provincial park. The rocks are Precambrian era and are approximately 600 million years old. After the last glacation, huge boulders were left behind that take on rather anthropomorphic shapes. In this case they look to me like a small family, a baby shielded by the presence of it’s parents. I like the idea of linking our human experience to the natural world. 

The weight of a stone

 A painting inspired by a beautiful hike on a recent trip to Newfoundland.

This curious rock formation is found at the summit in Butter Pot Park and is approximately 600 million years old. During the last glaciation approximately 10 thousand years ago, great sheets of ice scraped the land, gouging out river valleys, dragging boulders and thus changing the landscape. When the climate changed and the weather became warmer, the ice began to melt and retreat. As it did, huge boulders were deposited along the way. 

(5 minute video of a 2 hour painting)