Artist Statement

I have lifelong relationships with plants and landscapes and I paint the things that I know. These landscapes have been what I take solace in and what I have the most experience with. This is a cornerstone of my artistic foundation, particularly as a self-taught artist.

You made the heavens, the highest heavens, and all their host, the earth and everything upon it, the seas and everything in them. You keep them all alive.

Nehemiah 9:6, Tanakh, JPS, 1985

For me, developing artistic ability has meant learning to see and relate to art differently. Learning something new makes me attend to different things. I find that I enjoy different art, and I uncover new aspects of myself and of the world. Experiments in making art materials and tools changes what I look at when I encounter these things. Painting trees and waters changes what I notice about them when I see them again. Even when something isn’t successful, I feel like I’m becoming part of the world in a new way, the physical, natural world, but also the spiritual, aesthetic, and emotional world.

I recognize the privilege of working in unceded Salish territories in Kelowna, Chilliwack, and Vancouver, to which Indigenous Peoples hold unextinguished rights and title. In trying to portray the beauty of nature, I feel the tension between the transcendental significance of land beyond the human on the one hand, and the risk of encouraging a view of nature as blank and colonizable on the other. I try to balance a reassuring beauty of well-known places with critical and primordial undertones that frame the beautiful as a connection between what we appreciate aesthetically and what we prefer to be willfully ignorant of. I like to convey a feeling of nature looking at us but of it not being recognized by us. (e.g., cf., Marker, 2006; Spence, 1996; Furniss, 1997; Rotz, 2017; and Donald, 2009).


Movements: Straight photography, Ukrainian & Russian impressionism, philosophical realism and phenomenology, Liberal Anabaptist Christian world-view, philosophical Taoism, Chinese ink wash painting.

Individuals: Chien Chung Wei (Taiwan), Алексей Савченко / Aleksey Savchenko (Russia), Atanas Matsoureff (Bulgaria), Бато Дугаржапова / Bato Dugarzhapov (Russia), Dmitriy Permiakov (Russia), Данчев Сергей / Danchev Sergey (Kazakhstan then Russia, 1981-), Denys Gorodnychyi (Ukraine), Amit Gautam (India), Сосунов Дмитрий / Sosunov Dmitry (Russia), Bhupinder Singh (India then Canada), Сергей Темерев / Sergey Temerev (Russia), Stanislaw Zoladz (Poland then Sweden, 1952-), Dean Mitchell (USA), Eric Merrell (USA), Victor Goertz (Canada), Геннадий Исаев / Gena Isaeff (Russia), Исаа́к Ильи́ч Левита́н / Isaac Ilyich Levitan (Russia, 1860-1900), Andrew Wyeth (USA, 1917-2009), Gordon A. Smith (England then Canada, 1919-2020), Mark Carder (USA), Harry Stooshinoff (Canada), Edward Weston (USA), Paul Strand (USA), Georgia O’Keefe (USA), Emily Carr (Canada), Sam Rocha (Canada), 홍성일 / Hong Seongil (Korea), Josef Schmidt (Canada), Anson Vogt (Canada).

Environmental Processes

I research and select materials and know a certain amount about the sustainability of paint and paper industries. I try to reduce waste produced by painting. I don’t put wash-water down the drain, I minimize rags used, and avoid lead, cadmium, and cobalt. At times I experiment with locally and responsibly producing pigments, binders, paper fibers, and brush hairs, but this remains aspirational as I balance the relative footprints and relational considerations of commercial vs. local products.

Archival Materials

I use long-lasting archival materials. I use very light-fast and permanent pigments, which is especially important to note in the medium of watercolour, where stereotypes of fading come primarily from a lack of critical knowledge of pigment chemicals. I use acid-free cotton paper, or acid-free and buffered alpha-cellulose paper, and for mounting, acid-free, lignin-free, and buffered conservation mats and acid-free backing and tape. I use acrylic gesso under oils. Please inquire for exceptions and details about specific works and for care instructions see this handout. Conversely, I consider the need for longevity against the objective of environmental sustainability. I generally aim toward longevity without toxicity, whereas for commissions I can tailor materials for a particular lifespan.


Clegg, D. J., & Marker, M. (2021). The metaphysics of counselling history on colonized land. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 55(2), 232–257.

Clegg, D. J. (2020). A decolonial critique of metaphysics in counselling psychology education [University of British Columbia].

Donald, D., T. (2009). Forts, curriculum, and Indigenous métissage: Imagining decolonization of Aboriginal-Canadian relations in educational contexts. First Nations Perspectives, 2(1), 1–24.…

Furniss, E. (1997). Pioneers, progress, and the myth of the frontier: The landscape of public history in rural British Columbia. BC Studies, 115/116, 7–44.

Marker, M. (2006). After the Makah whale hunt: Indigenous Knowledge and limits to multicultural discourse. Urban Education, 41(5), 482–505.

Rotz, S. (2017). ‘They took our beads, it was a fair trade, get over it’: Settler colonial logics, racial hierarchies and material dominance in Canadian agriculture. Geoforum, 82, 158–169.

Spence, M. D. (1996). Crown of the continent, backbone of the world: The American wilderness ideal and Blackfeet exclusion from Glacier National Park. Environmental History, 1(3), 29–49.