Guardians of the Arctic Series Artist Statement
Arising from sketches done aboard a grade 2 icebreaker, and in a kayak, these paintings reflect my first awareness of ‘guardians’ embedded in the landscape. Through drawing and redrawing the Arctic purple mountains with deeply incised vertical ridges, a grand design emerged of upright druids and inverted ghostly beings. My imagination readily pushed aside mental reasoning and validated the beings with brush and name: ‘Guardians of the Arctic’. Beings with a sole purpose: to protect this place for Earth’s equilibrium.