Bridges are for exploring, crossing, burning and describe beauty, relationships, struggles. They can represent choices and directions both wise and unwise and necessary. I have experienced bridges, both physical and contemplative in my art practice.
Over the years, I have selected bridges as a painting image and have sold paintings of the bridges that provide access to our beautiful Saskatchewan valleys, both in Saskatoon and elsewhere in the province. Bridges also provide viewing places for looking into water which has been another of my long term muses. In the Artists’ Workshop April 2019 show I will include a painting that originated on a lovely day last fall when I walked the trails at Wanuskewin Park, stood by a bridge at Opimihaw Creek, took photos for painting reference and reflected on the cultural significance of that particular bridge.
A big bridge in my career as an artist presented itself following a dramatic vision change several years ago. It was suddenly necessary for me to find new creative and physical bridges between the paint and the canvas. This uprooting resulted in a lot of experimentation in my application of paint and has remained a focus in my work.
When Artists’ Workshop selected Bridging as a theme for our annual spring show, I had been working on a series of pathways that started in the forest at my cabin last summer and finished in my studio over the winter. As a friend recently said, “A bridge is a path”.
We will look forward to seeing folks at our show April 12, 13.14 at Grace Westminster Church Hall. Enjoy the art and chat with the artists about the interesting paths they follow and the bridges they cross in the search for creative expression and beauty.