The Forest Group paintings are a subset of my Winter Fantasy Series. The paintings portray, in a lyrical and whimsical way, winter, which may be a more somber subject. Using the techniques employed by children, linear composition, bright intense colours and simplified shapes transcends the work from the ordinary to more expressive.
Within this framework I have moved away from depicting specific subjects to a more general or universal result, with renderings that are more symbolic in nature. This in turn allows the viewer more leeway to relate their own experiences and invites the viewer to look for a higher meaning beyond depiction. I have found that applying these methods to almost any subject can result in my own work becoming more expressive and unique and place my work somewhere between abstraction, fantasy and representation.
These methods emphasize design and come from internal rather than external sources.
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