Many of the paintings are made on two or more stretched canvas panels joined together. These joined pieces are my attempt to reflect the structure and spacing of a row of windows in a sun room facing the lake in Hamilton and windows with a view of the ocean where we work in Mexico. These are acrylic paintings.
In the first of these new paintings I saw an old interest emerging. I realized that what I was trying to show in my early paintings were qualities that I experience when looking at everyday things. I have occasionally felt a part of these qualities and not separate from them as an observer. I feel that these qualities arise from the five elements of earth, fire, water, air and ether, which I believe are the subtle forms behind the physical appearance of everything. I hope that the viewer recognizes from his or her own experience the character and qualities of form, the light, space, weather and the atmosphere in these paintings. I want to make these qualities as clear as possible. I think that I have always been drawn to the beauty of the way things look to me rather than a conceptual exploration of ideas about them.
For me this work is also about trying to understand a mysterious stillness that the use of certain forms of geometry seems to create when used in the composition and design of the paintings. I sometimes feel at one with that stillness, order and beauty.
Since I retired from teaching Cora and I have spent the winters in St Kitts, West Indies and the Pacific coast of Mexico. We now spend 6 months in Mexico and the other half of the year in Canada and the US visiting family.