Winter Sun, Calgary was accepted into XI International Watercolor Biennial in Mexico at the Alfredo Guati Rojo National Watercolor Museum.
Construction Season, Calgary is based on a scene at the end of our street when city crews were installing a new water line. The man leaning into it is cutting a huge concrete structure and the dust and smoke completely obliterated the trees and house. I did a small plein air study then did this in the studio. I used white gouache extensively for all the dust. I wasn’t sure what to make of this painting for quite a while because of it’s unusual subject matter. Over the year that it hung on my wall I came to like it more and more and finally submitted it to the Federation Gallery in Vancouver for the Scenes of Western Canada show. I felt the subject matter particularly appropriate for that show. It felt very satisfying to have them accept it. I think there is a immediacy to it that I like and of course I love the heavy machinery.