The English and French languages are rich with nautical expressions. “On an Even Keel” is the title of this new series in progress. Literally, the expression means that a boat is not heeling too much, therefore balanced. A metaphor for stability and consistency, the expression also means “functioning normally after a period of difficulty”. The period of difficulty in this context is the pandemic.
This body of work explores our physical, emotional and spiritual connection with water. Living on the shores of Lake Ontario, water is a constant source of inspiration, and for that reason, I am reminded daily of the importance of protecting the health of our waters.
This series of paintings is inspired by my love and fascination for the island of Prince Edward County, Ontario, where I reside since 2013. The charming splendour of the island, surrounded by big Lake Ontario, continues to attract visitors to its shores and its vineyards. Many of them become residents, adding to the eclectic nature of the population. While focusing on the water, the wind, the terroir and people of “the county", my work addresses the importance of preserving the island’s natural environment.