Steve Driscoll : Statement

Nature has a rejuvenating effect on the mind. Peace is often found along a wooded trail, or gliding over a mirrored river. Silence is the reward; the satisfaction found after a long drive, a slog through a swamp, an endless paddle in a hard, unrelenting rain.


Sometimes the destination ends up in paint, but more often than not, it’s a view glimpsed along the way: a solitary, dilapidated building, a beaver’s hard work, or a stand of trees just starting to become flames of autumn colour. These places are always changing from minute to minute and season to season. Catching a moment in the spotlight of a clear day can reveal a new colour, or hint to a story of the past.


As one becomes familiar with a route, landmarks are formed and changes are tracked. Strong winds can lay a tree to sleep on the forest floor; boards shift, sigh and fall from barns; ivy encloses structures, masking their timbers from the landscape, one season at a time.


This passage of time is what urethane depicts so well. Its fluidity holds the minute details of a landscape in motion. The flow of the material is much like a tree trembling in the wind, or a constantly shifting reflection on the water’s surface.


I hope these paintings convey the sense of peace and rejuvenation that I experienced in each of these places.