Forest Tales


Dream Catcher, A Fairy Tale

A few years ago I lived in a little cottage in the woods. The cottage was surrounded by trees… Great, big grandfather trees. It was very dark in the winter evenings as I made my way home through the woods.. Inside the cottage I felt safe though, nestled amongst the trees and listening to the rushing stream that ran past the cottage, and the occasional owl or chattering raccoons.

It was during this time that I began my forest series of paintings. My painting Dream Catcher is of the forest near my cottage in West Vancouver. While painting Dream Catcher, a little story began to form… and so I wrote it down. It’s called Dream Catcher, a Fairy Tale.

You can read along in my blog here, or flip through the shortened version I created on Steller.

Dream Catcher is the first in a series of paintings that explore the forest as a place of fairy-tales, myth and magic. In stories and legends trees are symbols of wisdom, strength, endurance, protection, secret knowledge, life and fertility. In fairy tales the forest symbolises the unconscious and is a place of initiation. Entering the dark forest and the unknown, one confronts hidden aspects of the self in order to experience a re-birth and gain a new understanding and knowledge of life...

Read Dream Catcher a Fairy Tale on Steller

Read the full story on my blog


The Magic Tree
 

Every painting has a story. Sometimes the painting is painted with the story in mind; other times the story evolves as I’m painting…

When I was little I got lost in Stanley Park. (Stanley Park is a 400 hectare public park in Vancouver where I grew up). It has giant, rainforest trees, and is surrounded by the ocean and beautiful beaches. Most kids growing up in Vancouver have memories of the park… From playing on the beach, to rolling down the grassy hills, to the children’s zoo and train, or theatre under the stars… 

 

 
Once upon a time... Painting Enchanted... 
 

Forest Collection

Out of the forest and onto the fabric... I transformed the painting Midsummer Forest into black and white to re-create the magic of the forest in this unique collection of clothing and accessories.