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. 

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