Finding Your Style…

like the Holy Grail, synonymous with miraculous powers, bestowing upon its holder eternal happiness, abundance, success…    and all in perpetuity. Finding our unique style as artists, developing our voice, albeit visually, can become a pursuit that feels unpleasant and even a reason to question our own abilities. The idea that an artist should have…

What Remains of Light

(This poem first appeared in Jones Av. magazine, issue IX/3, OEL Press, 2004) February And I’m walking home. Layers of darkness And what remains of light Shade the sky. Weight of the sled, My small son slumping over into sleep Lighted rooms lining the street, Vacant-white and full of air Or gold-warm and close. Spaces…

Not Another Love Poem

In a surreal landscape, The sky leaps – scraping its backbone against our goodbye. Soft white striations mar the canvas, The evening is as red-as-burnt-flesh, Far and high, A deep amethyst.   The sand is not my only impediment, And when we rest, Our bodies deliberate driftwood, The white dog blurs, chasing his own momentum,…

Inspired by Nature

At one time, we felt our kinship with other beings more profoundly…   perhaps you still do. Your favorite animal as a child, the one that appears in your dreams, or a moment when you felt a powerful sense of community and interconnection with other people, or with the earth itself. My own childhood explorations inspired…

South River Falls

Tell me we’ll be there, together, one day. Two kilometers of comfortable silence, the trail creased by crooked roots, a delicate melody of birdsong. A moment of completion; the bare earth meeting our passage. Rhythm of our footsteps becoming a heart beneath our feet. The light so green it is this living thing that enters…

Burnt Norton

” … And the pool was filled with water out of sunlight, And the lotos rose, quietly, quietly, The surface glittered out of heart of light, And they were behind us, reflected in the pool. Then a cloud passed, and the pool was empty. Go, said the bird, for the leaves were full of children,…

The Inner Landscape

Exploring abstract painting with Landon Mackenzie, a Governor General Award-winning artist,  Landon had many stories to share, as well as creative prompts and inspiration. Walking through an exhibition of her work, she explained: “the landscape is what ties them”…   I was drawn to the idea of an abstracted landscape, but equally to the metaphor it…

The Sound and the Fury

” … I wouldn’t begin counting until the clock struck three. Then I would begin, counting to sixty and folding down one finger and thinking of the other fourteen fingers waiting to be folded down, or thirteen or twelve or eight or seven, until all of a sudden I’d realise silence and the unwinking minds……