My art making process has largely been about capturing cultural identity. Paintings and prints of landscapes, archival orchards and objects associated with a culture. The images of picking ladders, pails and bins are not meant to capture memory but to preserve history. The Okanagan land has provided a base for the evolution of these objects which have a symbolic nature and represent how cultural identities are formed. Over the past century they have evolved into symbols of identity.
My glass jar series; mason jars are “portraits “of Okanagan identity moreover Canadian identity. The mason jar stands as “the” symbol for preserve, not fruit, but identity. The text “Made in Canada” is a phrase that connects our large country from coast to coast. The history of this agricultural region is anchored by the mason jar which today preserves fruit but really the jar has evolved into a symbol that represents the interior of British Columbia as well as an agricultural region of Canada.
My curiosity of cultural identity and its origins has unfolded and progressed during the past three decades. As a printmaker and painter I continue to explore these themes. Through my photography, I focus on the evening light as it shines through the glass highlighting text, text that has become our identity, Jewell, Kerr, Ball, Mason and “Made in Canada”.
I have had a moving studio for the past twenty years, dividing my time between my home in North Vancouver and in Penticton: one studio in the city, the other in an orchard setting. The studio is very personal for most artists and it is our ongoing relationship with that space, inside and out, that in part defines us as artists.