My paintings are first about stillness. In order for me to practice the “ long seeing “ required to achieve the results I desire I must quiet and still myself enough to see clearly what is before me. It is very much like meditation.

The choice of subject is secondary to the experience of seeing the subject, but, of course, I choose subjects that I will have pleasure in observing for long periods of time. And meditating on beauty is a deeply satisfying ongoing practice.

And then there is the simple act of pushing a stick with hairs on it into a blob of goo and mushing it around. So direct, so low tech and – so satisfying. I love everything about it.

I practice and teach painting in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.