Since 1998 during an 18 month Artist –In-The-Community project in Hopedale, I became increasingly fascinated by the particular geology of Newfoundland and Labrador. My focus has narrowed to the coastal terrain where the weathered rocks and cliffs expose the patterns and forms of the eroding shore. The East Coast Trail runs along the cliff of my home in Shoe Cove and is a constant source of inspiration. I work from an initial, personal contact but develop the subject from there. Often the coastal view is obscured by the fringing boreal forest so I make the trees transparent to expose the cliffs and ocean vista and link the branches and twigs into the rhythms of the ocean currents.
In 2017 during two periods spent exploring the north side of Conception Bay to Grates Cove, I discovered the elusive, foggy view across to Baccalieu Island which reinvigorated memories of sailing through Baccalieu Tickle many years before. Salmon Cove, Black Head Cove, The Mousehole and Flambro Head were discovered along this coast and appear in several paintings in the exhibition.
Stormfront over Fox Head
SouthEast Arm, Bonne Bay
Deer Island 1 Bonavista Bay
Deer Island 2, Bonavista Bay
Blackhead Cove 1, Conception Bay
Blackhead Cove 2, Conception Bay
Jackson’s Arm, Main River, Evening light, White Bay, Sentinel Rock
Bellevue Beach, Rushing Water, Long Pond, Windy Trees
These are all painted in traditional egg tempera
2016 0n the Edge
Christina Parker Gallery, St John’s, Newfoundland
The paintings in this collection are about the strategic skills used by plants that are growing in challenging environments. The results of this interaction are often unexpected and fascinating to me. Many times I wonder if my progress in life would have been entirely different if Science had been taught at the girl’s school I attended in Zimbabwe. The excitement generated in observing and becoming educated about the plant kingdom has almost become an obsession. Through this challenge of self education, and the Newfoundland environment around me, I have been exploring the geological effects that change and enhance the accompanying verdure.
Arctic Waterfall, Iceland 2015 acrylic
Death Valley View, California 2015 acrylic
Lion’s Den, Fogo Island, Newfoundland 2016 acrylic
2015 online My Appendix!
In 2013 and 2014 I spent a lot of time experiencing the medical system in St John’s. It started August 13 with extreme pain which, after 24 hours, took me to hospital Emergency with life-threatening perforated appendix and toxic infection! I was there on serious antibiotics for 10 days and discharged, only to return a day later with a pulmonary effusion from a blood clot in the right lung and a further 21 days. I was ill for months with a return attack, warfarin and surgery until April 2014.
The whole experience left me with vivid images that were persistently in my mind, so I painted them out … and here they are!
This word came into my head spontaneously as a title for these works, and then I looked it up in the dictionary ……
a noxious influence
a poisonous atmosphere rising from putrid matter and causing disease
noxious vapours from decomposing organic matter
poisonous effluvia or germs
a dangerous foreboding or deathlike influence or atmosphere
contagion or corruption
…. and it seemed to fit!
2014 Floral Fantasy
Donna Clouston and I had a 2-person exhibition at the MUN Botanical Garden in St John’s. We both worked in watercolour from materials we collected on spring trips to the garden centres.
2012 Fractured Forms Christina Parker Gallery
2011 International Women Celebrate
2010 A Little Spring Fling
Fog Forest Gallery, Sackville, New Brunswick
2009 Shorelines Christina Parker Gallery
2009 Migration Devon House Craft Gallery group show
2009 Contours Devon House Craft Gallery group show
2009 Cupids 400
Devon House Craft Gallery group
2007 Ethereal Christina Parker Gallery
2006 Rocks-Capes Christina Parker Gallery
2006 Internal Landscapes Devon House Craft Gallery
This exhibition was about experiencing breast cancer in 1998 – 1999
An exhibition with Carol BajenGahm Christina Parker Gallery
These were paintings made during or after an artist residency in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland.
2000 Trace Devon House Craft Gallery group show
2000 Castles in the Sea — All About Icebergs
This was an exhibition following a collaboration to produce a children’s book about icebergs with Laura Jackson, written by her husband, Lawrence Jackson.
1997 — 1999 Pathways
This was a two person, installation exhibition with Tara Bryan inspired by the East Coast Trail between my home in Shoe Cove and her home in Flat Rock just north of St John’s. It travelled through Ontario and Eastern Canada.
A small group show that toured the Maritime galleries.
1989 – 1992 Tropical Garden/Newfoundland Stream Provincial Art Gallery
These works are from the Tropical Garden of my home in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe contrasted to the wildflowers of my present home in Newfoundland.
1985 Old Fields — New Paths
This exhibition of Canadian Crafts was exhibited in Japan and New Zealand. My silk book,To Find A Pitcher Plant, commemorated a walk with my mother around Berry Hill Pond with my mother in 1982.
1984 Silken Shorelines
1983 Newfoundland Groceries
A series of tongue-in-cheek watercolours about the absurdness of advertising as a solo show in the NL Arts Council
1982 Atlantic Visions
1981 Fabric Fish
A solo show in the Provincial Art Gallery
1972 Some Works
My first solo exhibition in the Branch Library galleries in London., Ontario!
Apologies for the poor image.