Haliburton Forest Sketchbook

My work is framed by being outdoors, where I spend time just being with what surrounds me. At some point my observations become formulations and require my response. I may make drawings on site, or photograph and draw later. This process became apparent a few years ago in the forests of the Haliburton Highlands when I undertook a plein air practice of drawing a tree daily (2014).  

This ‘forest sketchbook’ project culminated in collages of copies of the drawings, creating imagined and unexpected forests from the trees. Artificial Forest, is one of these explorations.  I also drew long views of the forest itself, looking for the movement of the leaves and branches. One of these drawings led to a linocut print which I have in turn printed in various ways. The print, Haliburton Forest, now hanging freely, plays with this memory of the almost constant movement of the forest. 

Artificial Forest, collaged copies of forest sketches, 68.6 cm x 102 cm, 2015