I grew up near Deer Lake and Burnaby Lake but, as a child, I usually was playing in the large forest located just 10-meters across the street from where I lived. I would disappear for hours into this wetlands forest.
In November 2019, I walked around Deer Lake looking for scenes I could paint for my upcoming solo art show. A group of Alder Trees caught my eye in the setting sun. It was the golden hour, when the sun was just above the horizon. There was a light mist rising from the wetlands but was the perfect scene and moment I was looking for.
With this piece, I wanted to capture the dampness of the surrounding ground, the brittleness of the Salmonberry bushes, and the textures of the tree bark covered by lichen, moss, and algae, all a common sight in the forests I grew up with as a child.
Painting Specifications: Medium: Acrylic Paint with Black Ink Size: 10w x 13h-inches Surface: Watercolour Paper Completed: January 2020