Artist Statement, 2013
My painting, sculpture, and digital experiments reflect the balance between life and death, reality and illusion, new and old, land and water, light and dark. They are perfect symbols for a solitary aging artist to re-entering public view. Returning to my artistic origins has been my geriatric coming-out party into Peterborough’s art scene. My first coming-out was many years ago as a young sculptor at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts circa 1965, when I was part of the vibrant Quebec art scene. It was a very different time and a completely different scene. So, in a sense, my second debut, when viewed alongside my first, is a bridge between eras and the merging of time and space.
Chronologically speaking, I moved from early career artist to late career with a long intermission in mid career. The intermission was the experience that comes with earning a living, raising a family, loss and mourning, sickness and recovery, successes and failures: in a word - life. My late career, artistically speaking, is really a renewed early career, just rather late in life. It is also a very different artistic experience, whereby the journey is so much more fulfilling than a successful outcome. I have more time for reflection and the questions I ask become the art I create. There is never a ready answer, just continuing questions.
I resumed sculpting on a smaller scale in 2009. I'm no longer able to do the life-sized pieces of my younger years and I also can no longer carve, but I have discovered a marriage between pottery and sculpture that is taking me into uncharted waters. I'm creating sculptural objects and useful sculpture.
There are sculptures I need to finish and more paintings to do. I'm in my seventies and time is not on my side. I feel the need to open up my quiet world to let people see my creative process and shed some light on the questions that work their way into my art.