A trip to Ontario’s Old Growth Forests in Temagami and Kirkland Lake inspired a new approach for my work. I painted and photographed in situ and began to add elements of the landscape onto the work. I am exploring using three dimensional found objects, extending from the canvas or wood panel. This new approach provides an opportunity to express a more fulsome picture of the landscape.
The urban nature of the Golden Horseshoe in Ontario has squeezed the Oak Savannah, a rare endangered landscape, into specially designated areas, including High Park in Toronto. In order to fully describe the prescribed burns in High Park, I include burnt wood, twigs and leaves from the endangered ecosystem. The prescribed burns restore the native Oak Savannah and control invasive species. Tarps, used to destroy invasive species on the ground in the park, flowing out of the painted panel, cascading outwards.