Respect series of Paintings

In 2008, the series titled ‘Respect’ began and embodies a series of work inspired by a dugout canoe brought back from the south seas by the crew of the Picton Castle.

The name ‘Respect’, given to this canoe, is derived from the island people’s respect for the sea.  The canoe is 18 to 20 feet long and 3 feet wide created from a dugout tree. Like any sea going craft, they must be refitted and maintained. The natives use whatever they can find to repair the hull – tin, fiberglass, nails, tar, caulking hemp or pieces of wood. When the patching is complete, they put a fresh coat of paint on over the hull and after several coats, the underpaint starts to peel and the result is a wonderful array of colour etched out of the hull by the sea.

The inspiration to transfer these micro images of the hull and create brilliant colour and form excited me. The fact that there was little impressionistic reality pushed me to seek and find shapes that  I could see and understand. Once I found imagery that I could give a title to,  I felt the piece could be appreciated by the viewer, hence the caulking against the blue sky suggested chunks of ice becomes the Titanic or the oval shape of a fiberglass patch becomes the atomic cloud over Hiroshima.