In early November I completed ten new Mixed Media paintings. They are part of my ‘Modern Nostalgia’ Series, with nine of these pieces featuring imagery from the area of Castlegar BC, and one features an image from Nelson BC (shown in the top right of the above photo).
I usually add to this collection over time in 3’s or 6’s, etc… so why 10 this time? To get them in the hands of The Kootenay Gallery for their Christmas at the Gallery event no less! Which runs from Nov 14 – Dec 24 2014 (event details can be found HERE). To view images of each of the paintings online, please visit my Mixed Media Portfolio. And below is an artist statement on this edition in particular:
Modern Nostalgia: Reflections in Paint (Castlegar edition)
Memories & images always go hand in hand for me – each captures a moment in time. The Modern Nostalgia series combines three elements that I hold dear: painting, photographs, and an antiqued aesthetic. At its core, it mixes old and new – from the timeworn structures in a modern backdrop, to past memories and new experiences.
My roots are in the Kootenays, and I will always consider it home. While I now live and work in Calgary AB, I continually miss the landscape. Over the years of driving to and from Castlegar, I am always found snapping photos in some form en route. On one particular trip I made a point to visit some of the local landmarks – from Zuckerberg Island to the historic Brilliant Suspension Bridge, and the brand new beautiful Millenium Park by the Columbia River.
The city is full of rich history, and these local landmarks served as the inspiration for my Castlegar edition of this painting series. The weathered painting style is mixed with modern mixed media techniques creating a warm feel. And although my studio is hundreds of kilometers away, it brought me home creating these Reflections in Paint.