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Posted in Northern Cosmology, Paintings on October 16, 2012

Event Horizon

An event horizon is a point of no return in space—a line beyond which we cannot see— and once we cross from which there is no return. There are two event horizons of which we know: those which surround black holes and the one pictured here, the cosmic event horizon, which rac ... Continue Reading

Posted in Interrupted Horizons, Landscapes, Paintings on October 24, 2012

Requiem for a parking lot at Homer Watson and Blea ...

A depiction of one of the staff parking lots at the site of the former Budd Automotive plant in Kitchener. The land on which it is situated is the source of much debate and consternation in Kitchener. Formerly home to one of the city’s largest industrial employers, the site ... Continue Reading

Posted in Landscapes, Paintings on April 25, 2012

Late summer sun

As the day draws down, the crepuscular rays fan out over a golden field in Southwestern Ontario. “Late summer sun” Acrylic on panel 36×36 in 2012 Private collection. Continue Reading

Posted in Landscapes, Paintings on July 11, 2012

Rockwood, above the mill

A dreamy impression of Rockwood conservation area in Guelph, just above the old mill waterfall where the river widens out. Another experiment in water textures, the blue highlights in the center are carved, revealing a layer of brilliant blue beneath. “Rockwood, above the m ... Continue Reading

Posted in Northern Cosmology, Paintings on January 16, 2013

Looking up, falling down (in the gravity well)

Looking up towards the fixed point of the north star, the warm earth contrasts with the cool night sky. Conceptually, the haze lifts from the ground as  shooting stars continue to rain down matter onto the earth, highlighting the continuing connection of our planet with it’ ... Continue Reading

Posted in Interrupted Horizons, Landscapes, Paintings on October 31, 2012

Schneider Creek, prison for life.

As urban centres develop, nature is often condemned to serve the sentence for its founders’ crimes against the environment. Schneider Creek, which runs through, above, and below the city is a deeply ambivalent model for a natural rivercourse. At once the jewel of the city&# ... Continue Reading

Posted in Interrupted Horizons, Landscapes, Paintings on October 31, 2012

Guelph Lake—this road we’re on.

Like many of the conservation areas in southwestern Ontario, Guelph Lake is a man-made body of water behind an earthern dam. It is a sad irony that the experience of nature as a recreational destination is mediated through the industrial history of the region. Depicted here at ni ... Continue Reading

Posted in Interrupted Horizons, Landscapes, Paintings on October 25, 2012

One man’s Trashmore is an everyman’s t ...

Renamed McClennan Park after the former mayor of Kitchener who envisioned the rebirth of a landfill as an urban park, the more affectionately known “Mt. Trashmore” has become a favourite recreational destination for Kitchener locals. Pictured here from Ottawa St. S, t ... Continue Reading

Posted in Northern Cosmology, Paintings on October 16, 2012

Fixed point theorem

The fixed point theorem states that within any bounded dynamical system there will always be at least one point which remains constant from one instant to the next. For us on Earth, despite the many motions to which we are subject—the earth’s rotation, our orbit around th ... Continue Reading