2023. Acrylic on canvas.
100 x 100 x 2.5cm unframed
This series creates a connection to the changing natural world around us through abstraction rather than being representational.
This piece is inspired by the Athabasca Glacier on the Columbia Icefield in Alberta, Canada.
The glacier is a major water source for the area and has been for many centuries. But the Athabasca Glacier is dying, melting at an alarming rate for the past hundred years. So much so that in around 85 years time, scientists predict it will no longer be there.
The colour blue has been used to express the emotional experience of being on the glacier - and its fading majesty. The layers of water that once froze to become ice and snow, will once again return to water, into the lakes below, and then the sea. The rock flour, a common sight in the area, is shown in the light blue streaks throughout. The texture in the painting creates tension, which portrays the glacier's icy quality.