Acrylic, kozo paper, contè crayon, and enamel on canvas
48" x 36"
This painting was created over a period of a few months, and during that time it went through a myriad of changes. Initially, the floral forms in the painting looked much more naturalistic like the actual Physalis alkekengi (commonly known as Chinese Lantern plant) that served as the original inspiration. However, over time my intuition exerted greater influence on the development of the painting, and the marks become more gestural—the color palette more subjective. The finished piece expresses more than a naturalistic rendering and it is open to a greater range of viewer interpretation.
Every project takes on a life of its own, because each day I approach the work differently. I strive to learn and grow with each project. Since the act of creating is dynamic I have had to accept fluidity within the process. The pieces that I make act as individual "visual diaries" that record my daily interaction with the creative process. The very act of touching paint to canvas opens up endless possibilities.
Peter Menzies is vice chairman and president of telecommunications for the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and past publisher and editor-in-chief...