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Posted in Landscapes, Paintings on February 22, 2017

First star of Spring, Lake Huron

Spotting the first star of the night nestled amongst the ragged clouds of an early spring sunset. “First star of Spring, Lake Huron” Acrylic on panel 2017 18x18in Larger image. This painting is in the private collection of Laura McDonald. Continue Reading

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

That dam river, Rockwood.

Rockwood Conservation Area, located in the village of Rockwood just east of Guelph, is an idyllic microcosm of the majestic north with pines, dramatic cliffs, isolated islands and dark still waters. Far from natural, though, it is another example of a constructed landscape that s ... Continue Reading

Posted in Northern Cosmology, Paintings on April 1, 2013

Love for the electron—attraction & indeterm ...

This piece, intentionally a strong visual companion to “Event Horizon”, is a meditation on quantum uncertainty. The painting depicts a diagrammatic hydrogen atom—the simplest with only one proton and one electron. The proton is the center of the painting and the cir ... Continue Reading

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 Interrupted Horizons, Landscapes, Paintings on October 31, 2012

Roos, the idyll of Victoria.

Sadly, for many urban dwellers, the closest they come to nature is their city’s park system. Roos Island, in the heart of Kitchener’s downtown Victoria Park squats beautifully in the middle of dammed Schneider Creek just before it descends below ground into the maw of ... 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