Windswept fields, summer rains, cloudless days, ripening wheat, the sun, the shade, the forms of trees close by or distant, a few of my favourite things. The land we live in and near, are part of us, as a community and as a People. Here, I  represent the land around us in an expressive, gestural fashion. Dense colour and vibrant hues render the verdant, ever changing landscape we call home. I’ve lived in the Ottawa Valley all my life, experiencing its nature on a continuing basis. I reside outside the greater metropolis and am constantly reminded, by the lush landscapes that pervade our fair city, of our rural roots within the city. This series, expresses the sentimental values of our environment. Works on canvas, they reveal themselves in many forms, large and small, thin, wide, tall…

All works are mixed media; some on canvas, others are on paper and board. Years of watercolours have tuned my style in that direction, reductive rather than additive. ‘Let the ground speak’ was the adage I sprang from. The longevity of the piece is paramount in my mind.

Karen Phillips-Curran portrait