Gold Mountie And Friends
When I was a boy, the walls of my bedroom were covered in a Mountie wallpaper. It depicted a Mountie on his adventures: in a canoe racing down rapids; in a dogsled racing across the snow; and sitting magnificently on his commanding horse.
I recently visited the old farmhouse where I grew up, and I was astonished to see the old wallpaper still on the walls. It was strange to see it, still in tact. I had forgotten all about the wallpaper and yet upon seeing it, I remembered it completely. It's interesting how images can stir up emotions and reveal half hidden memories.
These paintings are taken from photos I took of the Mountie wallpaper. Today I am sending my Mountie out on new adventures. My Mountie wears gold. He turns completely pink, subverting the manly Mountie image. He even has a RCMP partner and they meander together through a violet garden.
The ladies and the troubadour are from an old plate of my mother's. Another image from my childhood.
Vancouver: A Walk Around The Neighbourhood
This week I'm travelling to Vancouver. In anticipation of my trip, I went through photos from my last trip, from 2008. These paintings are based on photos I took during a walk through the Shaughnessy neighbourhood of Vancouver.
There is something special about Vancouver. It is always so green, as if the city is stuck in perpetual springtime.