These paintings, LAKESCAPES, explore the urban environment, bound by the wonder that is Lake Ontario. Building upon a past series of smaller works, these new larger paintings are inspired by the ever changing, constant presence of the Lake that borders our city. In these paintings, I play with the reality of sky, water and ground. Horizons and shorelines are suggested, but not defined, exploring the ideas of boundary and place, with colour and texture. The paintings are as much about the process of painting as the Lake itself. Nature’s palette of calm greys, warm browns and soft blues inspire the image, but each piece starts slowly; building layers and layers of paint, glaze, textures and images. Before the final painting emerges, colours disappear under layers and may reappear, as paint is applied and removed with scraping or gouging. Working on sturdy wood panels allows this to happen more readily as well as contributing the natural impact of grain. The border of the Lake is the starting point, for the city and for my work. My paintings invite you to look outward and experience the air and water that are where you are.