Echoes 3′ x 3′ Oil on Canvas

Echoes combines my hearing test results with memories of places.

Here, I let the hearing test result lines dictate the shape of the canyons, and treelines and the clouds follow that shape – echoes.

My nickname for a while was “Echo” because I would subconsciously follow a conversation, even when I thought I missed what was being said – only to repeat it exactly moments later, to their bemusement.

This painting incorporates some of my memories of places I’ve traveled; significantly Sedona, Arizona, from which I drew my palette for this piece, and the canyons and mountain roads of British Columbia, to whose familiar forests I refer.

In my earlier paintings before I began this project, I had been incorporating the image of a triangular tear, as if I had ripped a piece of the painting out to show the raw wound underneath it. I hadn’t been including this motif (for want of a better word), until this one. However here it is not a rip, but  a division; a chunk of rock missing.

It is an autobiographical painting.


We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil  a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

Published April 10, 2016

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