When I was growing up in northern Manitoba I was surrounded by Indigenous art but as a young adult was introduced to the work of the Group of Seven. Tom Thomson's small sketches on wood panel particularly caught my eye as they were quite loose and colourful and incorporated the orange of the wood as part of the image. I have always especially liked the shape of his trees as they reflected the trees of the boreal forest that surrounded my home and felt as though this painting would be the perfect opportunity to honour his influence in my creative life.
I have never been comfortable with painting the landscape, typically preferring to focus on a single tree or plant, though I have been pushing myself in that regard over the last two years. Who knows? Perhaps a series of landscapes will be a focus for another 52 WEEKS project.
AIRdirondack Art Project