Frozen Beaver Pond IINovember 20, 2016

A bitterly cold walk, just before sunset, on a winter camping trip, in the mountains above the Squamish River is the setting for this painting. I saw this shimmering isn the forest which eventually resolved into a frozen pond. The pond was completely frozen over with clumps of snow on top. I was initially drawn to the abstract quality of the floating Miro – like blobs amongst all the branches. Warm and cold, as well as  textual contrasts, became important as the image emerged. I did’t realize it was a beaver pond until working on the sketches back in my studio. It is the pile of branches covered in snow, on the left side, upper middle of the painting.