Energy within nature is abounding on the Saskatchewan prairies. I have many fond memories of being on the land with my grandfather as he farmed on the outskirts of Gravelbourg, a French settlement. Early in my life, science was a passion. Later, my artwork evolved out of the integration and interconnectedness, I observed in nature. Clay became my medium of choice, as it more closely represents the archetypes of earth’s ancestral beginnings and transformations.
Lately my artistic study has been the transformative effects of wood fire on form. Wood fired pieces are highly dependent on the clay body and the will of the fire. Some of the factors at play are surface treatment, exposure to the flame, placement in the kiln and the whims of the wind. The resulting surface patterns resulting from its contact with fire, closely represents the creation of mineral deposits. When the kiln door is opened, the mysterious transformation is revealed. Each piece is slow to reveals its unity and unique beauty. The ash deposit and trapped carbon are the traces of an ancestral spiritual process inherent to nature. Thus through my art, I wish to explore and further understand the flow of nature, its interactive aspects and its relational states which moulds it. This search for the unpredictable thus becomes my source of elation and contemplation.