Friday, April 13, 2018


Escarpment Horse    12" x 12" Acrylic on Baltic Birch

Sometimes, when I paint, the piece immediately emerges. Other times, I struggle for hours, days or even weeks to get it under control and to draw out the beauty I have seen in nature. I suppose the process is a little bit like raising children. Some fight and squirm while others gently flow through into adulthood.

The image here of "Escarpment Horse" (above) emerged almost immediately when I found it in the natural grain of the baltic birch on which it is painted. I was able to leave a lot of the wood for colour in my background and even bits on the horse itself. "Niagara Vineyards" (below) on the the other hand, was like wrestling with the actual pruning of the thing! I worked on it's whole season: from young grapes and green foliage to the late fall, the grapes sweetening and the leaves crisping up along with my painting.

I love both paintings equally yet differently, like I do my children: Their characters, their motivations, their personalities and my own differing investments into their lives. I encourage you to both embrace your challenges and ride on the wings of growth...where ever you find them.

Niagara Vineyard Concords .  12" x 12" Acrylic on Baltic Birch 


  1. What a nice comparison--art and childrearing.

    1. Thanks Deb. Both are certainly creatively demanding!